Ramla Fatima, Pakistan

Residency Period: August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 (extended from January 31)


Bio

Ramla Fatima graduated from N.C.A national college of arts in February 2015 with major in sculpture and minor in print making and digital arts. She has participated in a few group shows around the country. She has also been selected for two artist residencies: ”B.Q (binqalandar artist residency) and VASAL international artist residency, Karachi. She currently lives and practices in Pakistan.

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On-hiatus Proposal Summary

As a fresh graduate with just two years of practice, Ramla’s art career may appear to be on the right track – graduated from the National College of Arts, participated in an exhibition, left for an artist residency, came back and exhibited in a number of group shows, again left for a residency – the path desired and considered as successful by many of her fellow graduates.

She is however not satisfied with all this, feeling confused and having difficulty understanding the professional art circle. She does not want her artistic career to run on the usual trajectory of group shows, solo shows, residencies, and biennales etc. She wants to take a path which no one has ever followed. When she came back from her last residency, she started looking for another which would give her a new dimension and fresh perspective to her art career, but to her disappointment, all the residencies are running very similar programmes. Then she found RFAOH, which she thinks is the exact thing she was looking for and simply wanted to be part of it.

For her on-hiatus residency at RFAOH, she does not want to propose anything. She wants to sit back and think of “tasks” that are not related to her work as a sculptor; she might write a book on the issue of “the art circle in an artist’s life”. She wants to give her career a new start. She wants to begin this residency with her mind as a blank canvas.


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recent comments

On Aug 4 2017, ramla fatima commented on Let your creative nature shine through: @ co-directors lol no, you does not sounds like a horoscope person infact you sounds exactly like w[...]

On Aug 4 2017, ramla fatima commented on Let your creative nature shine through: thank you so much mohamed for sharing your views. it means a lot. it always feels great to get to kn[...]

On Jul 29 2017, mohamed @ moonfarm commented on Let your creative nature shine through: selaams Ramla (the universe in a grain of sand?), As this year's hiatus is sadly coming to a close,[...]

On Jul 25 2017, co-directors (s) commented on Let your creative nature shine through: Ramla, I also feel being in the arts is being forever confused, about your decisions and desires, ab[...]

On Jun 22 2017, co-director (m) commented on On Hiathus: The best part of hiatus is that its an open ended concept. Its like a non-declaration declaration. I[...]


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Here is the sneak peek of my current project. What to do else than art was a difficult question. Then certainly i have got this opportunity to be a part of a short documentary.
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I have been working with three documentary filmmakers currently in the International Film Exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and administered through the Humpty Dumpty Institute. The program trains emerging Pakistani filmmakers and funds the creation of short social issue documentaries on important topics in Pakistan.

I along with Kanzul Fatima, Jawad Sharif and Zeeshan Younas, working together on a groundbreaking film studying the effects of trauma on mental health. I have been featured in this documentary as a subject (a remarkable young artist whose father was kidnapped and to date there has been no word of him). I have agreed to discuss the effects of this trauma, the ways that I have expressed myself through my art and the steps me and my family are taking to move forward towards healing. This team of filmmakers is very talented, supporting and committed to tell this important story of my life.
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Although the filmmakers are not being paid for their work, the film’s expenses are covered by the program. The program also includes funds to distribute the films, to create a permanent website with supporting materials, as well as showcasing the films in the United States and entering them in major international film festivals.
I am looking forward to showing you the finished film early in the New Year as it would be my biggest project of my on hiatus activities other than art.

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Wayne Lim wrote on Jan 21:

Woah! Tricky business here I sense: "...three documentary filmmakers currently in the International Film Exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad".

co-director (s) wrote on Nov 22:

If you haven't yet, you might be very interested in reading about our 2014/15 resident Heather Kapplow, a conceptual artist with no formal training -- http://residencyforartistsonhiatus.org/past-residents/heather_kapplow/

"As a self taught artist who works conceptually, Heather sometimes struggles to identify when she is making art and when she is doing something else. During her residency at RFAOH, she wants to spend time exploring the boundary between making art and not making art..."

Ramla Fatima wrote on Nov 22:

Thank you and yes of-course i will definitely share the final product with you all. For as long as i can remember i always wanted to just quit art just not to do art but each time i certainly start realizing that it unintentionally becomes a part of your every project in one way or the other. While i was working on this documentary with three other filmmakers i observed that this documentary (though i thought is not an art project) itself became an art piece. We treated it exactly the way we use to treat our sculpture piece. We conceived an idea, reformed it, filmed it in a very artistic and creative approach and even while we were doing post production work, we have worked on its every inch. Since i joined this residency each time i sit back and think not to post something that is related to "ART" but it is just impossible to detach this word from my life even though i am not practicing it in a formal way but i think it is a part of my life while shooting a documentary or even when i am at work. Just to escape from the art circle i have started working with the corporate sector. and its been just two weeks and i have realized that it still makes a part of every design or presentation i make for the " event management company" with which i am currently working. I have two more colleagues with me from banking and engineering background. But my aesthetics are very much different from them. Of course when you are trained in a certain way for the last 6 years you have developed a certain mind set and it depicts in your work even if it is not a "work of art". I think i have not stopped practicing art but have only tried to change the direction so far.

co-director (s) wrote on Nov 21:

This sounds fascinating and touching, Ramla. How amazing to have a range of artists on hiatus here, and our average relation to the world usually formed through news sources become somewhat affected. Best of luck with it and look forward to the end result. (Actors may argue that being the subject in a film isn't art though (: )