New North and South
Poet, artist and documentary filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker will be writing this year’s Manchester Art Gallery co-commission, responding to solo exhibitions from South Asian artists Neha Choski, Risham Syed, Mehreen Murtaza, Waqas Khan and Hetain Patel. The exhibitions are part of New North and South, an ambitious three-year programme of contemporary art celebrating the shared heritage of South Asia and the North of England.
Born in Pakistan, but living for many years in Britain, Imtiaz’s many collections include Purdah, Postcards from god, I speak for the Devil, The terrorist at my table, Leaving Fingerprints and Over the Moon. ‘If there were to be a World Laureate, then for me the role could only be filled by Imtiaz Dharker,’ said Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.