Small white dots coalesce to depict a ghostly, incomplete circle on a jet-black background. What does the mysterious form represent? A cosmic egg disintegrating into nothingness? Souls floating off into heaven? Is it a symbol of hope or despair? This is My Small Dancing Particles, 2017, a diptych of ink on wasli (handmade) paper by Waqas Khan, a Pakistani artist trained in traditional miniature-painting techniques. Khan’s paper work is part of a solo show at the Manchester Art Gallery that is one of fifteen exhibitions in Manchester’s citywide extravaganza “New North and South.” A multi-artist, multi-venue, multi-curatorial venture, this sprawling display (parts of which continue through the summer) involved collaborations between the city’s museums and organizations in South Asia such as the Karachi and Lahore Biennales and the Dhaka Art Summit. It brought British South Asian
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