The Other Horses
Nad-E Ali, Pakistan
The Other Horses is an ongoing visual conversation centered on the Zuljinah processions in Lahore, Pakistan. The multifold experiences associated with the procession and the horse at its center, as well as the climate of intolerance due to which any discussion on the subject tends to degenerate into polemics, compelled Ali to explore it through a photographic medium. He looks at the special relationship between the horses and their caretakers, as well as their presence during the Ashura procession and the subtleties of scale in the world that is created around them. He looks at the spaces where the mourning rituals take place, and tries to capture the sense of place that has accrued to them after years of lived experience that human and animal, man and woman, young and old, rich and poor share in equally.
Ali Abbas (Nad-e Ali), is an autodidact photographer born and raised in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab, Pakistan. Within his visual practice, his focal point is mostly exploring the questions of isolation, personal displacement and its relation with the fringes of human voice. He is also deeply interested in recording ritualistic gatherings and cultural phenomenon visible in Pakistani spaces. In his modus operandi he relies on spontaneity of moment and immersive observation to dive into the story lived. He relies on both documentary and dream like visuals to reach the untouchable something that exists between the limits of self and other, past and future.