Taking the concept of candy, ten artists present sweet visual treats that will make your teeth hurt. Watch with
glittering eyes as you make your way through this confectionary kingdom; filled with one off pieces from 2D miniature works to 3D sculptures as well as interactive art installations. Expect pink sandpits, giant lollipops,
parachutes for love notes and floating tea pots. This one is for the Instagram hungry.
All pieces presented are available to purchase on their online platform (www.theilakaproject.com).
Additionally, The Ilaka Project provides an advisory service which can include sourcing artwork, in-depth
knowledge on which artists to invest in, as well as the opportunity for special commissions.
The online platform will also include original pieces from the artists presented at Sugarcoated.
“This synthesis is, for me, the shifting crossroads of perception and memory, awareness and recognition, and
the knowledge of the unknown.”
Haider Ali graduated from the National College of Arts Lahore for BFA in 2015. He majored in painting and
graduated with a distinction.
In his short career, he has already managed to build a repertoire as an artist by being featured in prominent
galleries in Pakistan including at the VM Art Gallery and Sanat Art Gallery.
Hasan Raza Syed
“These rulers are layered across and upon each other creating a scene of disproportionate and jagged edges,
these are more look like the series of high-rise buildings toppling over each other in the metropolis of Karachi,
Hasan Raza is a visual artist who mostly works with new conceptual mediums and techniques. His work is
mostly a critical inspection on the modern structure of ‘growth.’
His work has been presented in various exhibitions in Pakistan and he was worked with prominent institutions
as well such as with the Karachi Art Summit in 2017 and at the DryDocks exhibition in Dubai in 2015.
“My work is not only relevant to segment of the Pakistani society but it strives to go beyond that, as well. It is a
tale of absurd indulgences.”
Heraa Khan is a contemporary visual artist who has specialized in the techniques of the traditional Persian and
Mughal miniature painting.
She received her BFA in 2012 from the National College of Arts, Lahore. Her work is a tale of absurd, frivolous
indulgences as well as limitations and loneliness.
Nabeel Majeed Shaikh
“I want my audience to experience that same feeling of surprise. My primary goal is to convey the emotional
impact that my childhood moments had on me.”
As an Artist, Nabeel Shaikh is essentially interested in creating works that call for the participation of the
audience to the same extent as his involvement in it.
Nabeel graduated from the Karachi School of Art in 2004. Nabeel initially used to work with for a lot of artists –
assisting prominent artists in their studios. However, recently Nabeel has come out as an artist with his own
repertoire. He specializes in 3D installation works with a strong focus on political issues.
“The works I constructed for this exhibition are a poetic representation of the idea that shortly after news is
aired on the social media, sometimes higher authorities have the power to fabricate a new identity in order to
blend into the community.”
Noman is a sculptural artist whose work critiques our notions of political and social values. He has found an
ally in industrial materials as a channel to convey his thoughts.
“My work is layered in histories of the subcontinent with acerbic humor and use of deliberate bad taste/street
goods to transform it into high culture.”
Khan’s work is pumped with humour and satire, while studying the class divides, layers and aesthetics of being
a Pakistani. She completed her BFA, from National College of Arts, Lahore, (Distinction), and MFA from Boston
University, on the Fulbright Scholarship.
Saba Khan has had numerous solo shows in Pakistan including at Canvas Art Gallery as well as partaken in
group shows in Dubai and in New York. Khan was also recently acquired by the Ford collection.
“These Chenaks are a metaphorical representation of Pakistan expressing the diversity in the country. The
theme ‘Candy’ has been incorporated with the use of eye-candy renowned figures from cinema, TV, sports, sufi
singers, social workers.”
Sana is currently a senior lecturer at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan.
A young artist, Sana’s conceptual ideas are definitely innovative and interesting. She likes to use traditional
Pakistani materials in order to highlight Pakistani culture. Her recent shows include an exhibition at the VM Art
Gallery and a tribute to show to Benazir Bhutto at the Sadquain Gallery in Karachi.
“My series of paintings are associated with moments of joy and are a trip down memory lane and treat
everyone to a sweet recollection of memories.”
Sheema Khan graduated with BA in Fine Art from the University of Karachi. She specializes in the medium of
miniature. Sheema has participated in numerous local shows and is a highly sought after artist in Pakistan. She
has also been covered by numerous publications including international articles surveying her work as
innovative with a twist on the past.
“My works explore the space where history meets fiction and nonsense. These concerns find their way in my
work through a visual language that is inspired by children’s books and political caricatures.”
Sophia Balagamwala has a BA in Political Science and Visual Art from the University of Toronto, and an MFA
from Cornell University.
She is currently the Lead Curator at the Citizens Archive of Pakistan for the National History Museum, Greater
Iqbal Park, Lahore.
“Popular among the German pre-teens of the 40s as the ‘Candy-bomber’, Colonel Gail Halvorsen is the
universal goodness I seek to celebrate through this piece. I seek to celebrate the emotion, tender and
transcendent, of kindliness, which is neither deterred by barbed wire fences nor intimidated by physical
distances, and one whose lifeblood is the child-like artlessness of human soul.”
Pakistani artist, Tehmina Maknojia is a Fine Arts graduate of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.
Tehmina aims to create art that is interactive for and accessible to everyone, and not confined to gallery
space. She derives her inspiration from children.