Step onto the Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sure, bright summer skies will greet you, but so will a disturbing scene. The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, an installation open through November 3, interprets the horrifying bomb blasts happening all across the globe. Known for blending Islamic art with contemporary techniques, Qureshi, an artist from Pakistan, gives his viewers a glimpse into the terrifying aftermath of the attacks that have become all too common in our headlines.
Yet take a closer look—there’s beauty to be found in the splattered "blood," as disturbing as that may sound. Qureshi hides ornate sketches of the flowers native to his home, Pakistan, within the red acrylic paint. The floral patterns mirror those found in the ancient walled gardens of Mughal palaces.
“It’s not only about one incident, it’s not only about that I’m a Pakistani, so I’m depicting the bomb blasts in Pakistan,” he said in a video interview commissioned by the MET. “I think one can relate to it at so many different levels.”
However one may choose to relate, the work is reverential and moving. Slowly wander across Qureshi’s intricate bomb blasts and see what you think.
Natascha Yogachandra is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.