Turn­ing pain into art

‘The Come­back’ – a solo art ex­hi­bi­tion by Af­shan Quraishi traces her jour­ney from be­ing lonely to in­d­ing fulil­ment

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OnOct.2BournHall Fer­til­ity Cen­tre opened its space to show­case the art­works of the in­spir­ing artist Af­shan Quraishi, ti­tled “The Come­back”, as the ti­tle sug­gests, Af­shan’s work will de­pict her jour­ney of growth through per­se­ver­ance and pos­i­tive en­ergy. The show was gra­ciously in­au­gu­rated by Sandi Sak­sena, who is on the ad­vi­sory board of the CEO Clubs’s Busi­ness Women’s Di­vi­sion, and will be fol­lowed by an in­ter­ac­tive self-heal­ing ses­sion by the Bourn Hall Fer­til­ity Cen­tre’s Coach & Coun­selor, Priyanka Bha­tia.

Af­shan Quraishi - Artist says, “I had a very en­riched child­hood, with my mother a po­et­ess and my fa­ther a sports­man, their mar­riage was truly one of cre­ativ­ity and dis­ci­pline, and ul­ti­mately in­lu­enced my pas­sion for the arts. Since my youth, I was en­cour­aged and men­tored by Azeez Azmi, the founder of The Fine Arts So­ci­ety in Kurnool, In­dia, and I thrived as an artist un­der his guid­ance. My ca­reer ended once I got mar­ried and moved to Dubai, but the joy of moth­er­hood illed my life, un­til, with a blink of an eye, both my chil­dren be­came adults and moved away. This left me feel­ing lonely and lost, I missed my chil­dren. So I be­gan draw­ing sketches of them, which steadily grew to me see­ing the world again through the Artist’s eyes — ev­ery­thing was alive, ev­ery­thing be­came in­spir­ing. I started cap­tur­ing them on can­vases and be­fore I knew it, the pain trans­formed into paint­ing, and I found my­self again”

The Art ex­hi­bi­tion is jointly or­gan­ised by Dubai In­ter­na­tional Art Cen­tre (DIAC) and Bourn Hall Fer­til­ity Cen­tre in Dubai in an ef­fort to pro­mote tal­ented artists in the re­gion while of­fer­ing a sooth­ing and mean­ing­ful en­vi­ron­ment for pa­tients at the fer­til­ity cen­tre in Dubai. The open­ing show in­cluded an in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion about em­pow­er­ment and over­com­ing ad­ver­sity. This was fol­lowed by an art tour of Af­shan Quraishi’s works. The evening con­cluded with an en­gag­ing ses­sion on self heal­ing by Fer­til­ity Coach & Coun­selor Priyanka Bha­tia who pro­vided at­ten­dees with re­cov­ery tips that im­prove their well­ness, and mo­ti­vate them to reach their full po­ten­tial.

“You will al­ways have ups and downs in your life; things are in con­stant mo­tion all around you. There is no way to es­cape change. In­stead, you must learn to adapt to the change that comes. To be the one to en­act the change that you need… to re­fine who you are, and to make a come­back” ex­plains Priyanka.

All of the works are for sale, mak­ing it an ideal op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase orig­i­nal art­work at rea­son­able prices.

Event De­tails: Venue: Bourn Hall Fer­til­ity Cen­tre (7th Floor, Block C, Al Hu­daiba Awards Build­ing, 2nd De­cem­ber Street, Jumeirah 1)

Event: Art Ex­hi­bi­tion by Af­shan Quraishi

Open­ing tim­ing: 7pm on­wards Ex­hi­bi­tion Dates: Oct. 2 to Dec. 30

Artist Af­shan Quraishi

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