Babur, the first Mughal ruler in India, was fond of his gardens and frequently wrote to his governor instructing him on what to plant and where. These gardens, known as Bagh-e-Babur, were built after Babur’s invasion of Kabul in 1504 and include terraces, water channels, pools, and a marble mosque. Babur’s remains were later relocated to Kabul and his epitaph reads ‘Paradise is forever Babur Padshah’s abode’. The gardens, which were a source of solace for many, were depicted in artist Ahmadzai’s series ‘Bagh-e-Babur’.
The exhibition features compositions that resemble labyrinths or architectural floor plans. The paintings evoke a personalized reading of the gardens through the artist’s own experience of walking through them. Incomplete and therefore open-ended, these works preclude the easy closure of historical memory into the present.
Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai
Blueprint12, C - 66, Anand Niketan, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India.
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
Anita Dube Anju Dodiya Alke Reeh Astha Butail Atul Dodiya Desmond Lazaro Mithu Sen N S Harsha Sheba Chhachhi Shilpa Gupta Subodh Gupta Parul Gupta Prajakta Potnis Ranbir Kaleka Sumakshi Singh Shambhavi Thukral & Tagra Vivan Sundaram Waqas Khan
Sep 18, 2023 - Dec 10, 2023
10:30 am - 6:30 pmEvent Details