"Fragmented Follies" was an outdoor commission by Sam Jacob Studio. The sculptural installation draws upon the layered architectural and cultural histories of Battersea Park and its neighbourhood, combining site-specific elements which reference the park’s past, such as its Victorian ironwork and the structures left behind from the 1951 Festival of Britain. Presented at Wandsworth Council’s Pump House Gallery terrace, the project was accompanied by a family-friendly sound and drawing activity by RCA MA Painting artist Andrew Hart. The contemporary "follies", which acted as ‘urban’ furniture inviting viewers to consider the way they occupy the constructed space of the park, against the backdrop of Battersea’s shifting physical, social and economic environment.
This project was co-curated by Nour Aslam, Caroline Boseley, Keying Chen, Camilla De Fabritiis, Matthew Griffin, Lin Zhao and Yuejia Zhou
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2019
Prior to studying Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, Aslam had worked in the commercial sector of the arts, including Bonhams Auction House, where she specialised in South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African Art, and worked as Head of Gallery Development for a London based art fair. From there, she was Director of External Relations for the Lahore Biennale 01, having initially joined the Lahore Biennale Foundation as Director of Programs in 2015.
Aslam is deeply invested in tracing new and rediscovering lost narratives within the arts and providing platforms for non-Western artists, particularly from her home country, Pakistan. Through this course, Aslam has focused particularly on the canon of art, questioning how it might expand to create and accommodate for artists from outside of traditional Western centres, and grow through a combination of research and exhibition based practices. As such, her goal is to draw attention to South Asia, particularly Pakistani art narratives, within the global art world context, while facilitating growth for artists and other art practitioners in the country as well.
- BA, Art History and Visual Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 2009
- Specialist, South Asian, Middle Eastern & North African Art, Bonhams Auction House (2009 - 2014); Head of Gallery Development, Art15 (2014 - 2015); Director of Programmes, Lahore Biennale Foundation (2015 - 2017); Director of External Relations, Lahore Biennale 01 (2016 - 2017)
- "Top 10 Pakistani Artists”, Paper Magazine (2011); "Of Nostalgia and Memory”, Herald Magazine (2012); "Biennales: Two Views – The Foundation Model in Lahore” Canvas Magazine (2015); “From Another Perspective”, ArtNow Pakistan (2016)