AAN FOUNDATION LAUNCHES
The AAN Foundation Launches its Artist in Residence Program in
Collaboration with C3A, Centre for Contemporary Art, Cordoba, Spain.
Adeel uz Zafar is selected as the AAN Foundation Artist in Residence – 2018
A residency agreement has been announced between the C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía(C3A, Centre for Contemporary Art, Andalucia, Spain) and the AAN Foundation in Pakistan. Through this agreement, Pakistani artists will have the opportunity to have a residency in the Andalusian cultural institution. It will begin this autumn with the presence of the artist Adeel Uz Zafar, and the works produced along his one-month stay will be exhibited at the AAN Gandhara Art Space in Karachi (Pakistan). This agreement is framed within the strategies of internationalization of the residency and production programmes carried out by the Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía.
“We are very pleased for this collaboration between the AAN Foundation and the C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía” said Amna Naqvi, the Co-Founder of the AAN Foundation. She also explained “Under this collaboration, the AAN Foundation will be supporting the residency of one Pakistani artist/curator or writer each year at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Cordoba, Spain. This artist, writer or curator can be based either in Pakistan or in the diaspora and should be engaged in the field of contemporary art practice. They will have the opportunity to work with other artists at the residency that are engaged in contemporary art practice in Europe as well as engaging with the rich cultural heritage of Spain. For the year 2018 we are pleased to be selecting Adeel Uz Zafar. We believe that Adeel Uz Zafar will be a great fit for this residency as his practice though centred on a narrative is always able to disrupt the status quo and reveal compelling works and ideas. We believe he will add a great dimension to this residency”.
The imaginary that dominates Adeel Uz Zafar’s works stems from early childhood memories. These early etchings of nostalgia were further manifested in his work after his Arts degree from The National College of Arts, Lahore, the premier Art Institution in Pakistan. His works have been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, United States, Dubai and Australia. The artist has declared that, “Since time, immemorial cultures, when integrated, be it dialogue, visual artistry, theatre, dance or other art forms, evolves into a deeper cultural exchange and understanding. I would like to thank the AAN Foundation and the Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía for selecting me as a resident artist for the year 2018. It will be a unique opportunity for me to meet artists of other disciplines”.
The AAN Foundation provides support to a wide range of art forms and encourages discourse on visual arts in particular. This includes offering platforms and support for exhibitions, private as well as public art projects, publications and art related initiatives. From a geographic perspective, the Foundation is focussed on enabling and encouraging the arts in Pakistan as well as considering the broader Asian region including Asia Pacific and South Asia. Projects supported by the Foundation include “Authority as Approximation” by Shahzia Sikander and “Ai WeiWei” by Vito Acconci, both exhibited at Para-Site; “Rising Tide”, a survey of Pakistani Contemporary Art at the Mohatta Palace Museum Karachi; “Lines of Control” at the Johnson Museum, Cornell University; and “Princes and Painters” at the Asia Society Museum New York; among others.
Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía (Córdoba, Spain) is one of the leading not for profit contemporary arts and artist residency venues in Spain. Its programme includes exhibitions, workshops, symposiums, black box performing arts venue and a media LED wall. C3A was founded in 2016 and its 24,000 sq m. building is designed by Nieto Sobejano.