Anatomy of a Horny Heart

Written by Fatma Shah

 

Young, Karachi-based artist Affan Baghpati’s debut solo show in New York is a commentary and dismantling of established narratives and histories through found objects that have been meticulously and thoughtfully molded and re-formed into unique designs.

 

When Neil MacGregor famously picked 100 objects from the British Museum’s vast collection (in 2010, as Director of the Museum), he challenged audiences to accompany him on a journey to discover the history of the world. His extremely popular 100-episode BBC radio show (and subsequent book) titled “A History of the World in 100 Objects” compelled people to question history through “picking even just object” and to try and understand where the object came from in order to find answers about where we came from, who we are today and, importantly, how we perceive the future.

 

Karachi-based artist Affan Baghpati’s array of sculptures in the exhibition ‘Anatomy of a Horny Heart’ would fit well into this framework, though each of his pieces tells more than one tale. At first glance they appear nostalgic in nature and form, but their hybridity compels a more purposeful gaze.