Hiba Schahbaz

Love Songs

Paris, Turenne

Opening on February 23rd, from 6 to 8 pm.

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The gallery is open from 11 am until 7 pm.

  • , Roots (after Frida), 2023
    Oil on linen
    182.88 x 243.84 cm
    72 x 96 in
  • , Gentle Maja (After Goya), 2023
    Oil on linen
    152.4 x 213.4 cm
    60 x 84 in
  • , Pink Mountain, 2023
    Work on canvas
    106.7 x 162.6 cm
    42 x 64 in
  • , Surrender, 2023
    Work on canvas
    91.4 x 121.9 cm
    36 x 48 in
  • , Magical creatures, 2022
    Watercolor, tea, gouache and gold leaf on paper
    149.86 x 203.2 cm
    59 x 80 in
  • , Love Song, 2023
    Oil on linen
    91.4 x 121.9 cm
    36 x 48 in
  • , Burning Venus, 2016
    Water color, tea, gouache, and gold leaf on paper
    203.2 x 127 cm
    80 x 50 in
  • , In your eyes, 2022
    Oil on linen
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
    30 x 40 in

Press release

Almine Rech is pleased to present Hiba Schahbaz's first solo show with the gallery, on view from February 23 to April 8, 2023.

Morad Montazami, Hiba Schahbaz or the profane pleasure of sacred myths

Hiba Schahbaz’s artistic education, which was certainly anchored in a certain technical and ideological tradition in the art and miniature schools of Lahore, cannot and should not be resolved in a single environment but rather through contact with the history of Western painting, which she cultivated at a very early age through reproductions in books. The fact remains that the young Pakistanis of her generation who studied in the 1990s and 2000s in Lahore or Karachi schools were always subject to an academic framework, not to mention a rigorous orthodoxy. This framework assigned the role of voicing political and social problems, often from a nationalist perspective, to painting, rather than that of exploring the stirrings of the female body in all its sensuality. It is understandable that Hiba Schahbaz's unbridled fidelity to the female nude, from her childhood to the present day, has not come without its challenges.

- Morad Montazami, director of Zamân Books & Curating  

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