ArtNow Pakistan is an online monthly publication offering critical insight into the art of Pakistan featuring essays, profiles, reviews, events, art news and updates from around the world.
The magazine is a resource for understanding, appreciating and analysing contemporary Pakistani art, both within the country and its diaspora. Through the magazine readers are able to contextualize Pakistani art within the global framework.
ArtNow Pakistan reflects and documents the zeitgeist of Pakistan viewed through the lens of contemporaneity, engages with artists and their praxes and establishes a forum for theoretical debate within Pakistan and abroad. It offer insights and critical perspectives on the evolving state of contemporary art, investigating ideas and trepidations addressed by visual artists across disciplines and mediums.
In addition to the digital magazine, ArtNow Pakistan has a regular series of event programming. ArtNow Pakistan has dedicated Art Sections at the Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals featuring talks, exhibitions and book launches on the topic of contemporary art. The Art Newspaper, a special edition of the magazine was published in 2015 for the third edition of the Art Section at the KLF.
Along with bringing art to such large public venues, ArtNow Pakistan also organises regular lectures and discussions featuring prominent artists, critics, and other key figures in the Pakistani and international art world as part of its Springboard Series. ArtNow Pakistan’s programming also includes Gallery Trek which takes connoisseurs and collectors on a tour of galleries with the goal of introducing an art-loving audience to contemporary works of art.
As part of its collaboration with Lawrie Shabibi, selected by Time magazine as one of Dubai’s top five galleries, ArtNow Pakistan produced the largest Pakistani artists’ group show in the UAE in 2012. The magazine is media partners of Art Dubai, the leading art fair held in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia region and of the Karachi Biennale. Fawzia Naqvi, Editor-in-Chief of ArtNow Pakistan, is also a trustee of the Lahore Biennale Foundation.
Art Path has been introduced as a series of workshops on arts and crafts for children incorporating art history lessons.
ArtNow Pakistan also provides space for art installations and host music and performance art events at FOMMA DHA Art Centre, Karachi. The magazine also supports mental health, cancer awareness and health-related fund raising events.
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Editor in Chief and CEO
Fawzia is a senior media professional. She has worked at SOUTH Magazine New York and the DAWN Group of Newspapers, Karachi. She was also Publisher/ Chief Editor of Zameen, UK. Fawzia has worked in the Government sector in Islamabad as the Media Advisor to the Chairman, National Accountability Bureau, and has written on social and accountability issues. She was the Founder and President of MWPJO (Media Women Publishers and Journalists Organization).
Quddus Mirza is an artist, art critic and independent curator. He is Associate Professor in Fine Arts at the National college of Arts Lahore. Trained as a painter from National College of Arts, Lahore, and Royal College of Art, London, Mirza has shown extensively in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He has also curated a number of exhibitions including ‘Beyond Borders: Art from Pakistan,’ at National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, India, and ‘Exotic Bodies’, based on miniature paintings from the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum displayed at Preston Museum in UK. Mirza is an art critic and writes for national and international publications. He has also co-authored 50 Years of Visual Arts in Pakistan.