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Text & Visuals | Zohreen Murtaza For Pakistani artist Waqas Khan who has been consistently exhibiting internationally, the success of his expansive drawings and the immersive experience he offers thrives in the ambit of experience and the viewer’s presence. The effectiveness and promise of this experience is contingent upon both his use/curation of space and …

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Text | Numair AbbasiVisuals | Courtesy Copper & Steel Karachi Curated by multifaceted architect and designer Arshad Faruqui, the exhibition “Something borrowed something new” celebrates the multifarious uses of copper and demonstrates its malleability through the display of art, furniture, home and garden accessories- all produced from this versatile material. Faruqui gathered a cohort of …

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Text | Amra Ali Courtesy | Grosvenor Gallery At a recent collaboration between Canvas Gallery, Karachi, and Grosvenor Gallery, London, historian/curator Zehra Jumabhoy put together an engaging show titled, ‘Patterns of the Past: Weaving Heritage in Pakistani Art’. London based Jumabhoy strung together the narrative of five artists, namely Adeela Suleman, Ruby Chishti, Bushra Waqas …

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Text | Nusrat Khawaja Visuals | Aisha Khalid Studio A huge event on the art landscape of Karachi this winter has been the opening of the Aisha Khalid retrospective. Aisha Khalid is included among the foremost contemporary or neo-miniaturist artists of Pakistan. This retrospective, spanning her oeuvre from 1994 to 2021, enables us to appreciate …

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Text | Numair A. Abbasi Visuals | Courtesy V M Art Gallery Pakistan and the larger Subcontinent boast a rich music industry that ranges from qawwali, ghazal, Sufi, and folk, to contemporary pop, fusion, and indie. Time and again, the region birthed music legends who received accolades both within their country and across the globe. …

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“Nobody Can Paint An Original Work Of Art. Create Art That Does Not Need Any Audience.” To most people in the art world, Iqbal Geoffrey (1939-2021) was a prankster. The arc of his work is often characterized as a shift from conceptualism to formalism. The machismo-laden history of modern art that has been handed down …

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Text | Maria Aslam Visuals | As mentioned World expositions, exhibitions and fairs were initiated in the mid 19th century and have been hosted by almost 20 countries of the world. The purpose of expos is to raise awareness, share progress exchange for the betterment of the world and is an event that takes place …

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Text | Sara Yawar – Visuals | Courtesy The News, Vasl Artist’s Association, Pro Helvetia New Delhi and Canvas Gallery – Issue 56 – Since the emergence of the Coronavirus, the world has been thrown into a social and economic quagmire. Various industries collapsed while the lives of millions of people have crumbled under the …

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Text & Visuals | Amra Ali – Issue 56 – Meher Afroz’s art has drawn my interest for the last thirty years. From starting my art collection in the early 1990s with painting on paper from the Mask Series (1986-89) to acquiring later work and subsequently curating Meher’s work, her subtle imagery and manner has …

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Text & Visuals | Aymen Ansari – Issue 56 – We are no strangers to the fact that this has been a summer of unforeseen historical challenges, with widespread death and destruction in an on-going global pandemic, state sanctioned violence and blazing protests against racism and inequality. It goes without saying; the stakes are different …

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