'Meeting the Universe Halfway*', 2017, image projection, wooden screen, plastic apple, spot light, pedestal fan, dimensions variable
Born Karachi (PK), 1983
The visual world is not out there, it’s in there, taking form somewhere in-between the eye and the brain - an internal world, projected outward, for your eyes only. The installations of Iqra Tanveer deconstruct the deceptions and illusions produced within this neural network in a deceptively simple way. Taking shape as projected sculptural installations and using elementary tools such as light and shadow, they reproduce the shift from classical physics (and its dualistic ideas) to a metaphysical understanding of the natural world (as in quantum physics or new materialism), and with that a radically different understanding of nature and phenomenology. By turning shadow into an image, then back into a shadow, the work Meeting the Universe Halfway turns an absence, a black hole in space, into a presence, while the viewer’s eyes become a pinball machine, bouncing light waves back and forth, from outside, to inside the cranial, back onto the screen, both observing and creating, perceiving and participating in the process of constructing an image.