Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Agha now lives in the US. In a conversation with museum staff earlier this year, she described how women from conservative families in Pakistan—and other countries—who are confined to their homes connect to the natural world through stylized floral motifs. “All the Flowers Are for Me is a sort of rebellion for women. It is about reclaiming a private space, a space where women would feel welcome, which they could also open up to others,” she said.
Agha’s work opens up a space where all of us, regardless of gender, race, age or nationality, can feel welcome. It provides a sanctuary in which we can contemplate shifting notions of justice and care, and where we can consider the profound political and social changes that are occurring in our country and around the world. All the Flowers Are for Me also points to the opportunities and beauty that exist in the long shadows cast by free and open artistic and intellectual exchange and to the transformative potential of opening up—our space, our thoughts, ourselves—and sharing with others.
The next set of questions, which focuses on our connections to nature, is posted in the galleries now. Come experience All the Flowers Are for Me and join the conversation!