Children in Wazir Khan mosque Dehli Darwaza Lahore
Photograph by Arif Khan
The photographs below are scenes at the Ravi recording the ‘art intervention’ by Lahore based artist Maryam Rehman. Her brief write up explains her intention.
” River Ravi, the life force of Lahore has for centuries touched and nourished life around it.
Today its murky waters suffer from extreme pollution, a major reason for which is the constant disposal of untreated industrial effluent. Amongst the industrial units which discharge untreated waters into the river, leather tanneries are key pollutants.
The lotus flower, or Padma in Hindi remains common to all South Asian cultures as the supreme symbol of purity. The heavily scented lotus or the ‘fairest flower’, blossoms in murky waters yet remains completely unblemished.
What happens when the lotus gets corrupted?
The lotuses have been allowed to find their way to places not pre-empted. The river’s natural course will determine whether these objects are to be found, discarded or lost. As a public art project, the work communicates with people whose lives are tied with the river and who suffer at its hands. “