The year that was for Karachi

Issue | 46
Text | Shanzay Subzwari
Visuals | Artists and Galleries

2018 has been a dynamic year for art exhibitions in Karachi.

Koel Gallery showcased a number of exciting exhibitions. Curator Aziz Sohail was invited to curate Drawn to Form II by artist Abdullah M.I Syed, which was a follow up to Part I of the same title held in Sydney, Australia in 2015.  Bringing together the vastly different mediums of ceramics and drawing, the exhibition showcased reputed artists such as Abdullah M. I. Syed, Sadia Salim, Ali Kazim, Naima Dadabhoy and Noor Ali Chagani. Ceramics have a long history in both the wider Indian subcontinent and Pakistan, with Mehrgarh in Balochistan and Mohenjo Daro in Sindh as examples of ancient civilisations that practiced this craft widely. Drawing, too, has emerged as a strong medium in modern and contemporary art in Pakistan, but dates back to prehistoric times in the context of world history. Examples are the the Lascaux cave paintings in France, and recent cave painting discoveries in Indonesia that date up to 40000 years ago.

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About the Author:
Shanzay Subzwari is an artist and writer with a BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She  has had solo and group exhibtions in Karachi and Lahore. She has been writing art reviews and articles for various publications and galleries since 2014.

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