Mixed media on wasli
Mixed media on wasli
Sea for Yourself.
Inkjet on Hahnemüle photo rag
(Image courtesy of Art Now Pakistan/Thomas Erben Gallery)
A Message to the Sea (Video Still)
(Image courtesy of Art Now Pakistan)
“(The United Nations) is inviting Pakistani young people to share their vision of peace through drawings, paintings and photography. This is a great opportunity for Pakistani youth to share their messages of peace with the rest of the world through visual arts.
A jury will select 20 artworks to be exhibited in June in Islamabad in the occasion of the Youth Forum. Rules of the contest available at http://unic.org.pk/youthartcontest.php”
This exhibition showcases historic maps and prints of the areas that make up Pakistan, along with the neighbouring territories of Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, India and China. The displays span five hundred years, from the date of the first printed map of the subcontinent in the 1480s, to the survey maps of the 1940s.
The exhibition is presented in eleven sections and features over ninety rare and beautiful maps and prints, including the seminal Decima Asie Tabula, first published in 1486, and James Rennel’s 1788 Map of Hindoostan, or the Mogul Empire. In addition, there is documentary footage on the Silk Road and on the early mapmakers.
Khaas Gallery will be showing Imrana Tanveer and Yasir Azeem’s work after the 29th of April. The opening will take place at 5:00pm on Tuesday, at the 29th of April.
(Image courtesy of Art Asia Pacific/Bani Abidi)
Mohammad Ali Taipur
Ink on paper
London based gallery, Green Cardamom, will be showing his work from 29 June to 27 July.
(Image courtesy of Green Cardamom)
Gandhara Art Gallery’s latest show “Let’s Take It Outside” will be featuring works from Ahsan Jamal, Imrana Tanveer, Noor Ali Chagani and Nashmia Haroon. The show will be up until July 5th.
The press release is as follows:
"Using the popular phrase’ Let’s Take It Outside’ which commonly translates to taking the disagreement or the fight elsewhere, this exhibition plays on the notion of moving the narrative or the dialogue away from its present condition. Thus, moving it away from the corridors of power and drawing rooms, to a place where it is more relevant and unhindered. It challenges the notion of exclusivity and seeks to provide a voice to those whose opinions are have historically been tolerated but ignored like a mild irritant. The question to put forward would be, who might those be. The public at large.
The work of all four artists, Ahsan Jamal’s quiet portraits and still landscapes, Imrana Tanveer’s tongue in check commentary on the realm of power, Noor Ali Chagani’s exposed brickwork and Nashmia Haroon’s scaffolding all call for pushing the narrative to its rightful place. Outside.”
More details can be found on their Facebook event page.
Transmissions from a Missing Satellite / Mehreen Murtaza
17 – 20 October 2013
Mehreen Murtaza’s work is a composition of visual narratives where traditional background meets popular culture. With imagery derived from Sufi culture and the skewed logic of science fiction, her labour-intensive digital collages are a virtual world that juxtaposes the natural with the mechanical, where technology challenges religious myth, superstition and ritual. The premise for the show lays in dream logics, alternative knowledge, uncertain histories and the creative production of new and perhaps imaginary information, where a conception of the alternative reality is expressed into the realm of an exhibition scenario.
In Transmission From A Missing Satellite, we follow cryptic clues (Telegrams from the Future, 2013) and mystical evidence (a floating stone mimicking the Floating Stone of Jerusalem at the Dome of Rock) through a bricolage of fact, fiction, truisms, (Parallel World, 2013) and historical displacement vis-à-vis the fragmented narrative of the late Dr. Abdus Salam, who’s work in the field of theoretical physics won him the Nobel Prize for physics in 1979. His memory has been marred by prejudice because he belonged to the minority Ahmadi sect, a group persecuted by successive governments since 1974; and condemned as heretics by even mainstream Muslims. Murtaza treats Abdus Salam’s biography as the foundation of a scripted narrative with numerous artistic approaches to visualize adventures in quantum immortality and meta-verses.
A group of artists installed a child’s portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur.
One of the most powerful art installations we’ve seen in a long time.
Please read more about the project #NotABugSplat at http://notabugsplat.com/
SONGS OF LOVE 5, 6, 7 & 8
Multi-media on archival paper
(Images courtesy of Aicon Gallery)
‘Pattern to Follow’
"In an essay titled “The ‘Expanded Field’ of Contemporary Miniature” (Nafas Art Magazine, 2010), Nasar identifies the leading figures in contemporary miniature art as Imran Qureshi, Shahzia Sikander, Nusra Latif Qureshi and Aisha Khalid, all graduates of the Miniature Painting Department of NCA. Nasar says it is thanks to these artists, who circulate in international biennales, museums and other institutions worldwide that miniature art has become an “ism” for the new generation.
In an interview with the Telegraph India, Nasar says that “these artists have taken the South Asian tradition of miniature to new heights, and then moved beyond the page to invent a new visual language, rooted in tradition but of the here and now.”
Art critic and curator Dr Virginia Whiles, Associate Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London, and author of a seminal book about miniature art from Pakistan, said that “the very tradition of miniature painting, particularly the Mughal style which is promoted as Pakistan’s cultural heritage, has become the inspiration for some of the most radical contemporary art work in Pakistan today.””
(Full Article can be read on ArtRadarJournal.com)
(Image courtesy of Corvi Mora, London)
All Brooklyn based folks should check out Smack Mellon’s group show “In Plain Sight” which will be featuring Bani Abidi’s work. The show is curated by Sarah Lookofsky.
More details can be found here.
(Photo courtesy of Smack Mellon)