After All It's Always Somebody Else Who Dies

Adeela Suleman2019

ILHAM Gallery

ILHAM Gallery
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

b. 1970, Pakistan; based in Karachi

For the artist, making objects by-hand ran in her family. Her grandmother taught her stitching and embroidery, while her grandfather taught her woodcarving. This influence continues to pervade her work, even as she explores difficult themes. Contemplating the endless terrorist attacks that have plagued Karachi for more than a decade, Suleman had hoped to dedicate a steel bird for every victim. She soon found this impossible, as the death rates increased faster than she could fabricate birds.


  • Title: After All It's Always Somebody Else Who Dies
  • Creator: Adeela Suleman
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location Created: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Physical Dimensions: 216 cm x 119 cm
  • Medium: Gold-plated stainless steel with hand-beaten repoussé work

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