Logo

Your Basket

Subtotal: Excluding Delivery
Cart

Saad Qureshi: Something About Paradise

Chapel
Current
4 Jan–15 Mar 2020

British artist Saad Qureshi explores what paradise means in a contemporary context in his first solo museum exhibition, Something About Paradise.

In the nave of YSP’s 18th-century Chapel, three monumental organic forms rise from the ground, spread with landscapes, buildings and mysterious structures. A closer viewing reveals an eclectic mix of architectural styles, from traditional temples and churches to modernist houses and palaces, nestled among panoramas of forests, deserts and fantastical geological formations.
 
Qureshi is an avid gatherer of stories. In developing Something About Paradise he travelled around the country asking those with and without faith what paradise means for them. Speaking directly to people allowed the artist space to interpret the descriptions of indistinct and imagined places, as seen in memories and dreams, into physical installations that he refers to as ‘mindscapes’.

‘Paradise is a very personal place. Over the course of my life, it’s a word that has kept recurring in a variety of guises. I was born into a religious household, where the Quranic allegories of the seven heavens formed part of the backdrop to family life. As I grew up and my experiences broadened, I realised that the paradise that others spoke of was often radically different from mine, yet never too far from our consciousness.’

Saad Qureshi

Standing against the Chapel walls are seven ornate, hand-cut and painted wooden gates referencing both the gates of paradise or the seven heavens that are common to many religions. By combining the earthly and spiritual in the meditative setting of the Chapel, Qureshi invites audiences to reflect on common ground in today’s frequently polarised society and opens up possibilities for a profound and hopeful dialogue between people.

More Saad Qureshi

Event

Tales from the Gallery: Storytelling for Under 5s

2 Feb 2020

Join us on the first Sunday of every month for interactive and immersive storytelling in The Chapel.   A different story is created in the gallery every month by our spellbinding...

Event

Saad Qureshi: Exhibition Tour with the Artist

12 Mar 2020

Join artist Saad Qureshi for a very special and intimate after-hours tour of his exhibition Something About Paradise in the Chapel. Gain unique personal insights into Qureshi's process,...

Instagram

Get your art without walls kick by following YSP on Instagram and share your photos using #yorkshiresculpturepark