Exhibition: Aisha Abid Hussain, Two Not Together
One may view Aisha Abid Hussain’s recent work as a cabinet with many drawers, to be slid open, one by one, exposing the carefully assembled private chronicles. The coming together of two individuals in holy or unholy bonds of marriage is a rapidly altering episode in human relationships. “Two Not Together” interrogates our assumptions, our clichés and our romance with the institution of marriage. She contrives a staged moment, replete with the finery and the trimmings of attire and dreams. The farcical underpinnings of the charade do not escape scrutiny. Her delight in baroque role-playing only emphasises the patent ridiculousness of each person’s expectations. Yet there is a tinge of sadness here. The inevitability of decay, both physical and emotional is at the core of Hussain’s image-making.