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[...]


Let your creative nature shine through

In conversation with an old friend of mine I have got to know that she is also on hiatus for the last one year, as she was expecting a child and now she has become a mother of a two months old baby girl. She has shown keen interest in residency for artists on hiatus which I think would be an ideal residency for her because she is unable to make any sort of art work for quite a long time. I have shared my residency proposal with her and encouraged her to apply for this unique residency. As this is one of its own kind. I think this platform is the best to fight against the depression of not making art. While being on this residency you feel glad. Though you don’t make art but you are not even scared of being out of touch with the art world. You keep on reading the posts of other residents and in the same time you keep posting your point of views as well so it makes a very nice connection with the other artists who are going through the same situation.
Also in addition to this my work place also never let me forget that I am an artist. My boss keeps on assigning me such tasks which involve some sort of art. Probably that’s the reason I am feeling quite confused by the many different options in front of me. Perhaps it feels as if I am walking up a mountain with a large pack. I have arrived at one ridge where the view is beautiful, yet i know that if i hike up farther, the view will be even more spectacular. The problem is that i may feel completely comfortable just staying at the place I am at right now.
Things may get a bit confusing right now I have been enjoying my hiatus so much and I am scared of being a part of this art world again. I feel like i need to make sense of it all. In fact, that may be impossible. I think whatever you do, make sure you’re being yourself.
I will let my creative nature shine through. As my Daily Horoscope says;

“If you’ve been pursuing a career in the creative arts, Ramla+fatima, today you just might get the break you’ve been hoping for. All signs are great for any kind of business matters, particularly those involving art, literature, music, drama, and so on. Modern technology, such as computers, computer graphics, recording, film or video could be involved in some way. Don’t hesitate or let fear hold you back. Days like this don’t come all that often.”

Leave a Comment (4)

ramla fatima wrote on Aug 4:

@ co-directors
lol no, you does not sounds like a horoscope person infact you sounds exactly like what we all fell like

ramla fatima wrote on Aug 4:

thank you so much mohamed for sharing your views. it means a lot. it always feels great to get to know about other's view point.

mohamed @ moonfarm wrote on Jul 29:

selaams Ramla (the universe in a grain of sand?),
As this year's hiatus is sadly coming to a close,
i figured i'd go through and see how peoples've done.

there's this online comic artist, Jeph Jacques,
whose illustrations are impressive-
though you would not have expected it looking at his work from a few years back.

then there are people like Katsuhiro Otomo who land an opportunity to create a 10-year monolithic body of work (Akira).

reading into the lives of such masters
(& i most humbly add marisa dipaola to this list)
it's easy to see that the act of practice improves skill,
but to truly develop beyond there has to be a constant reinvisioning of your innermost self,
i've often found it to be a soul-chafing experience.

for what it's worth,
your work shows you have real vision Ramla,

co-directors (s) wrote on Jul 25:

Ramla, I also feel being in the arts is being forever confused, about your decisions and desires, about the world and the art world (if there's such a thing), and perhaps that's not a bad thing. We all fantasize and long for clarity in life and in general but maybe that's just an illusion. (God, I sound like a Horoscope person, lol)