The Defiant Shadow, 2016
May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016
The Defiant Shadow – A blue shadow of a tree that defies the direction of the sun and stands up to time itself. This rebellious man-made shadow marks it’s territory over the landscape, adamant on defying nature with it’s anchored position and uncharacteristic blue color. And as with most industrial endeavors built over landscapes, nature always has the last laugh.
Both members of the artist duo Bolo originate from Pakistan and live in New York City. Their very personal shifts in landscape occured not only geographically, but also ethnographically and, in many ways ideologically. Like the oak, Bolo maintains it’s connection to it’s origins, yet happily thrives in the concrete jungle of New York City, that is now home. And like Bolo, the shadow, while not quite fitting in, stands proud of what it is, and where it stands. And yet no landscape is permanent. And neither is a blue shadow that casts over it, no matter how permanent it tries to be. Nature will always create it’s own shadow, over it’s own landscape.
Bolo was born in 2014 and is 83 years old.
Bolo means ‘Speak (Up)’ in Urdu.
Bolo is from Pakistan. And New York City.
Bolo paints and sculpts questions.
Identity, religion, world affairs. Juicy shit.
Bolo is man and woman.
Bolo is order and chaos.
Bolo is Saks Afridi & Qinza Najm.
Bolo is a multi-disciplinary artist duo. With a process that is complementary in nature, the experience and dynamism between the two artists makes for work that aims to make the audience consider a different perspective. Fueled by it’s roots in Pakistan and it’s home in New York City, Bolo believes humanity’s need to connect is universal. The duo was formed in 2014 when the artists first worked together on a performance art concept. The chemistry led itself to create new work and soon after, the artists formed the duo Bolo.
Saks comes to art from advertising where he was a Creative Director for 16 years. He has lived in several places around the world, including Dubai, South Africa, Sri-Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, San Francisco and finally, New York City. In fact, Saks attented his freshman year at Sharjah College. He later went on to the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He speaks English, Arabic(basic), Urdu, Hindi and Pashto. In 2015, Saks was the proud recipient of 2 Gold Cannes Lion Awards, 3 D&AD (Design & Art Direction) pencils, 2 One Show pencils and a United Nations Award for Peace & Understanding. A random fact about him. He once studied Hair and Make Up at the Paul Mitchell Institute.
Qinza’s background is in Psychology, a PHD specializing in Emotional intelligence. She pursued her fine arts studies at Bath University, the Savannah School of Art & Design, and The Art Students League of New York. She has also lived in several places, including Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Qinza’s work has been selected for many national and international juried exhibitions, like Miami Art Basel, Sikka Art Dubai, Dumbo Art Fair, Governors Island Art Fair, and Times Square among others.
The duo’s latest project is a large scale interactive hanging installation made of thousands of Pakistani wish lockets. It is set to go up in the entrance lobby of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.