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Text | Mariam Qureshi – Visuals | Courtesy Mohsin Shafi – Issue 40 – Mohsin Shafi’s work doesn’t whine – it is crafty and an eloquent critique on what irks the artist about the society he lives in. The frustration and bitterness that he expresses in his work is enhanced when he travels abroad and …

The Rude but polite works of Mohsin Shafi Read More »

Text | Maria Aslam & Khadija Raza Baig – Visuals | Courtesy ArtChowk – Issue 40 – Art today is used to make socio-political statements; notions of disparity and environmental degradation have also surfaced in the realm of artists work. Very rare is a call to inform the citizens of issues that plague our society …

kurray se art banao: A reflective exhibition on all things waste Read More »

Text | Aasim Akhtar – Visuals | Courtesy Karachi Biennale – Issue 39 – It is almost impossible to think about the Karachi Biennale without thinking about the city of Karachi – about where it is, what type of city it is and what it is not, about its role in the local and regional …

Subject, Predicate, Object. Read More »

Text | Iftikhar Dadi – Visual | Courtesy Various – Issue 39 – An earlier version of this article was originally published in the Herald’s August special issue celebrating 70 years of Pakistan The writer is an Associate Professor in Cornell University’s Department of History of Art. This essay must start with a qualification: it …

A brief History of form and meaning in Pakistani Art Read More »

Text | Marium Qureshi – Visuals Courtesy | Ali Nazir Khan – Issue 38 – These days art is all about strange juxtapositions and conceptual gimmicks. Although in today’s age this ethos works well and the boundaries of art are stretching to include absurd but potent concepts and the grotesque is considered glamorous and bold. …

A rebel who conforms Read More »

Text | Tazeen Hussain – Visuals | Courtesy Karachi Biennale – Issue 38 –  The poignant call of the inaugural Karachi Biennale 2017 The interlinking of Art, Culture and Society can be thought of as a suspended fabric that has its hierarchies of colors, knits and folds but yet it is one. Together all these …

Art Culture and Society Read More »

Text | Mariam Qureshi – Visuals | Courtesy Artist – Issue 37 – Submissive Self “Soil reminds us of our humble origins and the clay figures in my work represent humility as they are bent or lying in repose in some sort of submission. Just like the chakor bird is known of being entranced by …

The Birth of Creativity – Talat Dabir Read More »

Text | Zehra Hamdani Mirza – Visuals| Courtesy Karachi Biennale – Issue 37 – “I see it as a pop up museum. A pop up, temporary, contemporary museum,” Art critic, curator and writer Niilofur Farrukh, on the Karachi Biennale (KB). She serves as KB CEO and although her description may be too chunky to be …

Karachi Biennale: Connecting a complex city Read More »

Text | Mariam Qureshi – Issue 36 – At a certain level art is a quest of the self- an activity which enables one to introspect and delve into ones inner self and ponder about the one’s self as an individual. But when an artist strives consistently to give a creative form to his personal …

Social Realism – An Artist’s Urge To Rectify Read More »