Raqs-e-Rang is a public art installation that presently adorns the Dharampura Underpass in Lahore. The Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF), the Commissioner’s Office, Lahore and the Government of Punjab, in collaboration with the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA), have helped bring art into a public space.
Brainchild of artists Ahmad Sajjad and Sadqain, the artwork uses inexpensive, reflective material available in local markets, along with a cost-effective and energy-efficient method to transform the underpass into a site of aesthetic and sensory experience. As vehicles move through the underpass, the work responds to their movement and glows – lending dynamism to the artwork. Moreover, the installation employs local materials and draws on the visual language of Pakistan, thus re-contextualizing it. The work engages with the public on multiple levels.
About the artists
Ahmad Sajjad (1987) and Sadqain (1988) are both alumni of the National College of Arts, with degrees in Visual Arts and Painting respectively. Hailing from Faisalabad, the two artists work and live in Lahore. Their expertise lies in video, new media, sculpture and kinetic installations.
For Raqs-e-Rang, the two artists collaborated and combined their strengths, under the mentorship of Ali Baba.
Commissioner’s Office Lahore and PHA
The Government of Punjab overlooks the country’s most populous region and largest province, with Lahore under the Commissioner’s Office Lahore, as one of the leading cities.
The project Raqs-e-Rang marks the city government’s efforts and willingness to not only bring art into public spaces, but also to build opportunities for the artist community. The project is indicative of a growing conversation between government, artists and the public. The government envisions art as a powerful tool to alleviate the public, as a fundamental right of the people and as a means to uplift the experience of the city.
Parks & Horticulture Authority Lahore (PHA) was established in September, 1998. It aims to develop, regulate and maintain public parks, green belts and green areas; it envisions to make Lahore look greener, cleaner and brighter.
For Raqs-e-Rang, the PHA showed its special support to the artists and partners.
Mr. Abdullah Sumbal, Ms. Wasima Umar, Mr. Shakeel Ahmad, Ms. Qudsia Rahim
Mr. Ali Baba
Launch Raqs-e-RangDharampura Underpass