9th National Exhibition coincides with 70th Independence Celebrations and is being revived after a gap of 13 years as a regular annual event. Prior to the big event, PNCA organized a series of regional exhibitions representing all provinces which were given relevant context according to the cultural heritage of the land such as;
1, From Mehergarh to Quetta.
2, From Harappa to Lahore via Katas.
4, From Akra to Peshawar via Takht Bai.
3, From Mohenjo-Daro to Karachi via Makli.
5, From Takht bai to Islamabad.
The reoccurring theme of culture connects the work of artists from different regions, as it becomes a point of intersection for people itself. The exhibitions represented the land, life, people and the cultural diversity of Pakistan which culminated into National Exhibition as the work for National Exhibition was selected by competent committees from all regional exhibitions. The exhibition includes works of almost 500 artists from all over Pakistan, in the first National Exhibition being held in the new building. Artists have used broad spectrum of formats and techniques including painting, sculpture, calligraphy, photography, miniature installations and videos.
In the 70th year of Pakistan’s independence, the nation took a critical look at the increasing enthusiasm for heritage, tradition and evolving contemporary practices. Over the years the art scene in Pakistan has evolved within and beyond the traditional ways of practice of art making and looking at art. Attentive to the way geopolitical engagements and changes impact the relationship with history, the artists explored the current perception of tradition. The contemporary art scene over the last three decades have changed dramatically because the artists have remained alert to the rapidly changing socio political landscape hence the contemporary expression appear to be informed by authentic socio-political dialogue and contemporary aesthetic challenges.
The contemporary art from Pakistan have lately witnessed a few very significant international breakthroughs that has put Pakistani art in a respectable and sought-after slot internationally. The art institutions in this regard have played an integral part in grooming new talent, equipped with intimate knowledge and tools (both traditional and contemporary) who are producing works of high caliber alongside their established counterparts and continuously making the realm of art more exciting.
To sum it up, the exhibition display a highly diversified range of experimentation both in two-dimensional work, and other works including sculpture, installations and videos. It is hoped that the work will generate dialogue, discussion and creative discourse as the purpose of this exhibition is to stimulate the artist’s mind, open new horizons and promote arts and culture through this national platform.
This year, paying tribute to Iqbal Jafri, Mian Aijazul Huassan, Colin David, Saeed Akhtar, Ahmed Khan, Zulqurnain Haider, Mansur Rahi, Basheer Ahmed and Hajra Mansoor is going to be the highlight of the National Exhibition. These artists are the Icons of Pakistani art and have contributed their best to the promotion of art in Pakistan.
Appreciation also extends to the selection committees and to colleagues from different regions who have contributed both directly and indirectly for making the event possible.
Thanks to all participating artists who have taken this journey with us and generously agreed to contribute their works to the 9th National Exhibition.
Lastly, I wish to acknowledge the sincere efforts of PNCA team for contributing their hard work to the display, catalogue and logistics