First Light, the Skylarks Sing - work by Lali Khalid
September 2 — October 13, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 2, 5-7 p.m.
Handwerker Gallery - Gannett Center
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 16, 6 p.m.
Artist book launch: Thursday, October 7, 5:30 p.m.
‘Home. In my heart, beating far away.’ https://www.artvoicesartbooks.com/shop/lalikahlid with introduction by Raza Rumi, Director (IC Park Center for Independent Media).
Mehreen (Lali) Khalid came to the United States from Pakistan in 2007 as a Fulbright Scholar and attended Pratt Institute, NY where she received an MFA in Photography in 2009. After returning to Pakistan for two years, she immigrated to the United States in 2011.
Issues relating to diaspora, identity, family and home dominate Khalid’s photographic inquiry. Her images focus on cultural and private conflicts, broaching these topics obliquely through the emotive effects of natural light, and subdued narrative allusion. By photographing primarily in color, and using the startling qualities of “found light,” Khalid’s photographs exist between a mood of quiet longing.
Lali Khalid has shown her work in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe, Pakistan, and the U.S., including most recently at Light Work, Roy G Biv and Devos Museum. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Roy H. School of Communications, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.