Text | Zainub Mawaz-Khan
Visuals | Mehwish Abid
By focusing on multiple art genres including fine art (painting, drawing, ceramics), music, photography, film, and other visual styles, art festivals have become tools to understand our history. From social trends to the economy, there are endless studies to prove that arts festivals enhance and benefit their environment. The Islamabad Art Festival 2019, delivered just that.
The days leading up to the event were hectic and frenzied. After the Islamabad Art Festival (IAF) announced the open-call for curators at the end of June 2019 by August, the chief curator, Mr. Jamal Shah, along with an international jury had reviewed the proposals and rested on selecting a diverse mix of new and seasoned curators from all over Pakistan. These included curators such as Dr. Ma Dong, Bashir Ahmed, Dr. Sadia Kamran Pasha, Azam Jamal, Rahat Naveed Masood, Hina Tayyaba Khalil, Vicky A. Clark, Risham Hossein Syed, Iqbal Geoffery, Arjumand Faisal, Amin Gulgee, Aasim Akhtar, Sajjad Akram, Farrah Mahmood Rana, Dr. Surriya Chaudhry, Noshi Qadir, Asma Khan and Ms.Sabah Hussain and Rakhshanda Atawar.
The thematic focus of the Islamabad Art Festival was an “Aesthetic Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity”.
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Zainub Mawaz-Khan, is an academic and artist having taught at various universities and colleges in Rawalpindi and Islamabad for the past 20 years. She is currently the owner and director of SelfWorks- a school for critical and creative thought based in Islamabad.