Sea Change

Inspired formally by votive offerings or traditional ex-votos, Avow 1-38 (2017) is a series of apparitions in the night, a collection of 38 blue paintings on tin. Using the cosmos as a marker of time, this personal testimony hints at love, longing, loss and displacement through the eyes of Character 1, the first protagonist of Waheed’s ongoing visual novel Sea Change (2011 – ). Sea Change chronicles the disappearances of nine characters over nine chapters and the artist’s lifetime. Over the last six years, Waheed has been working on Chapter 1, which compiles manic field notes, pseudo-scientific drawings, geological maps and survey guides, returned love letters, dragged and left objects and spliced photographs and film. Avow 1-38 is the most recent addition and a significant contribution to this lifelong project.

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Avow 1-38, 2017
Avow 1-38, 2017
Installation View
VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
2017
Avow 1-38, 2017
Avow 1-38, 2017
Installation View
VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
2017
Avow 1-38, 2017
Avow 1-38, 2017
Installation View
VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
2017
Avow 1/38, 2017
Oil on Tin
17.78 x 12.7 cm (each)
Avow 2/38, 2017
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Avow 3/38, 2017
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Avow 4/38, 2017
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Avow 5/38, 2017
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Avow 6/38, 2017
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Avow 7/38, 2017
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Avow 8/38, 2017
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Avow 9/38, 2017
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Avow 10/38, 2017
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Avow 11/38, 2017
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Avow 12/38, 2017
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Avow 13/38, 2017
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Avow 14/38, 2017
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Avow 15/38, 2017
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Avow 16/38, 2017
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Avow 17/38, 2017
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Avow 18/38, 2017
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Avow 19/38, 2017
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Avow 20/38, 2017
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Avow 21/38, 2017
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Avow 22/38, 2017
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Avow 23/38, 2017
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Avow 24/38, 2017
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Avow 25/38, 2017
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Avow 26/38, 2017
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Avow 27/38, 2017
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Avow 28/38, 2017
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Avow 29/38, 2017
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Avow 30/38, 2017
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Avow 31/38, 2017
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Avow 32/38, 2017
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Avow 33/38, 2017
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Avow 34/38, 2017
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Avow 35/38, 2017
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Avow 36/38, 2017
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Avow 37/38, 2017
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Avow 38/38, 2017
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Avow 1-38, 2017, Reverse Oil on Tin 17.78 x 12.7 cm (each)