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Imran Qureshi, And they still seek traces of blood, 2013–14, lithoprints on paper. Installation view.

Imran Qureshi

Ikon Gallery

Imran Qureshi, And they still seek traces of blood, 2013–14, lithoprints on paper. Installation view.

Ikon Gallery evoked the scene of a crime. Red stains spattered the floor and appeared to trickle down walls. Was this the aftermath of a murder, a riot, a war? Yet as visitors stepped gingerly over what looked like pools of dried blood, we were in for a small surprise: Treading on gore, we found ourselves tiptoeing alongside flowers. For while the splotches of paint may have resembled congealed blood from a distance, up close they revealed little crimson blossoms.

These bloody-beautiful blooms were Imran Qureshi’s site-specific offering I want you to stay with me, 2014, part of the Pakistani artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date in the UK. Ikon’s two-story tribute boasted some forty artworks from 1999 onward—including very small format paintings and larger, abstract canvases (glittering with gold leaf) as well as videos and installations.

I want you to stay with me

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