Letter from the Editor in Chief

Art in Pakistan has reached the current level of sophistication and seriousness by embracing a diversity of viewpoints and examining them with an open mind. Advancing art in Pakistan, promoting the spirit of creativity, and encouraging critical discourse is central to our growth and association with the international art community. Our latest issue ‘Meanings’ delves into the aesthetic principles of art, the various disciplines, influences and relationships between form, genre and style.


Gandhara Art Space showcased the works of 3 brilliant artists over a span of 5 months to celebrate their ten year anniversary. Curated by Haajra Haider, works by Risham Syed, Bani Abidi and Farida Batool all paid homage to the city and its occupants. It was interesting to see such diverse artists approach the subject in their own versatile manner. Farida Batool’s exhibition continues till the 16th of September and is a must visit. A catalogue with the exhibition series title ‘Look at the City from Here’ is also available for a more in depth view.


The Italian Consulate in collaboration with WWF Pakistan held a fantastic exhibition on Pakistani wild life by Italian artist Maurizio Boscheri at the Mohatta Palace Museum. Boscheri who claims to be in love with the nature of the world began painting in 1997 and is largely self-taught, without any specific training. The artist also took part in I AM KARACHI and Vasl’s ‘Walls of Peace’ project at Jinnah International Airport in collaboration with the Consulate of Italy, supported by Civil Aviation Authority. A talk was held for students featuring the artist, Gianluca Rubagotti and Quddus Mirza at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture co-sponsored by ArtNow.


Among other exciting events, The Karachi Biennale presents ‘Art ki Talaash’, a scavenger hunt where friends connect and rediscover the cultural and artistic heritage of Karachi. The event is scheduled to take place 4th September 2016.


After holding a successful exhibition last year, Titans Autographs & Memorabilia were back once again in Karachi to exhibit their 2016 collection, ‘Brace Yourself’. Titans specialize in collecting unique pieces bearing authentic autographs of legendary heroes from the fields of sport, music and culture. The items are aesthetically framed or encased, with certificates of authenticity issued by internationally recognized certification entities. Its collections are not only symbols of the dedication and excellence of those who created history in their pursuits, but also a source of inspiration and pleasure for those who are interested in possessing such memorable treasures.


This month the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) is excited about three of its chief projects gaining momentum and nearing completion. Where the Bus Stops, the second venture in the Intersections (Art in Public Spaces) series, has served to facilitate Lahore’s many commuters by providing them with bus stops along the central transport routes of the city. Six different designs by eleven young, talented architects now mark more than 40 sites in Lahore. A formal ceremony to inaugurate the project is scheduled to take place in mid-September, and will be presided over by the Chief Minister of Punjab.


Urbanities (Art and Public Space in Pakistan), a collaborative project between LBF and the Goethe-Institut, is also nearing its second stage as two Germany-based artists have been selected for the eight-week artists’ residency programme. Furthermore, through LBF’s largest, on-going projects, Stories We Tell (Aao Sunayein Kahani), LBF has managed to amass a fair amount of broadly different but incredibly interesting stories from Lahore’s citizenry.


The fourth discussion in the artSPEAK series, took place on August 8. Titled Women Today (Experiences, Ethics and Professional Challenges), it aimed to bring together female professionals from varied disciplines to discuss and critically dissect the challenges and experiences faced by women in Pakistan, specifically with reference to careers and working environments.


It’s an exciting time to be contributing towards Pakistani art and I along with my team look forward to continue highlighting and promoting its growth and journey.


Bye for NOW.


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