Telfair Museums is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, A Measure of Time, which features the work of internationally acclaimed Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. Agha's captivating installations provide viewers with a unique opportunity to delve into identity, culture, and the complexities of the human experience. The immersive exhibition will be open to the public from June 14 to September 15, 2024, at the Jepson Center located at 207 W York Street.

"A Measure of Time features a compelling selection of steel sculptures and mixed-media flatworks in an immersive gallery space…” Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Erin Dunn said, “Agha’s work thoughtfully explores social and political concerns and ultimately offers a contemplative environment for visitors to come together despite any perceived differences for a powerful shared experience.”

Drawing from her experiences as a Pakistani woman and immigrant, Agha’s work is global in scope—crossing cultures and geographic boundaries to explore shared humanity even amid conflict and struggle. With patterns inspired by South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African designs, A Beautiful Despair uses light and shadow to transform the gallery into an enveloping, communal experience for people of all backgrounds. 

“My deep gratitude goes to Telfair Museums and the Jepson Center for contemporary art, as well as Erin Dunn the curator for contemporary art in exhibiting my artwork this summer. I’m thrilled and excited to share my artwork with the people of Savannah and the surrounding areas. I believe creating a visual dialogue, regarding layered histories that transcend time, regions and cultures to create shared spaces allowing intimacy and knowledge, impacts all of us positively, dispelling fear which impedes good ethics, citizenship and unity so we can all be humane,” said Agha.

Stealing Beauty likewise combines light and floral patterns that mingle historical and cultural references. Agha’s two-dimensional works on view encourage visitors to consider how certain materials and means of making art have been gendered. The exhibition reveals the deeply entwined relationships between culture, religion, labor, gender, and social codes to invoke dialogue and mutual understanding between people of different worldviews.