Organized by Silver Eye Center for Photography and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, “Emerging Visions” presents the work on MFA candidate Sobia Ahmad, along with works by Anqwenique Kinsel and Evangeline Mensah-Agyekum. Displayed on the windows of currently vacant storefronts beginning October 24, this public-facing, multi-site exhibition aims to provide transportive and meaningful encounters in an environment that tens of thousands of residents, workers, and passers by experience every day.
Ahmad’s work “Stay Awhile” adorns 817 Liberty Avenue. Her ongoing body of work centers on Pando, an ancient aspen tree grove in south-central Utah, believed to be over 10,000 years old. Unified by a single immense root system, Pando stands as the earth’s oldest and heaviest living organism, embodying interconnectedness and oneness. Ahmad’s art explores the transcendental power of everyday experiences, objects, and practices through various slow and contemplative processes.