Numair Abbasi

Not a Child’s Play

I remember a conversation between Rabeya Jalil and I, about one of the earlier reviews I had written on her show. It happened several years ago when I just began art writing. I also remember how she took note of…

Silent Soliloquys

Rituals are central to family life. They improve the holidays because they amplify the closeness of the family and their involvement in the experience. It is also associated with a greater sense of enjoyment. Holidays are frequent opportunities for a…

Staging Stillness

Materiality is one of the most contested concepts in contemporary art, often overlooked in critical academic writing. Material generally denotes substances that will undergo further processes. It indicates the forces of production at that time. The term 'material' describes not…

The Iterative (Re)Vision

In his famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (1903-1950) clearly expresses a concept by giving chapter 19 an incipit that read: “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” Orwell's stinging tone…

The Mutant City

Ask the inhabitants of Karachi for their observations on how their city functions, and one of the more common responses will be that they find Karachi to be in perpetual flux. The city portrays itself as a living, breathing organism.…

Rethinking a Utopian Future for Art and Biennales

Biennales, of which today there are hundreds around the world, have become an established method or an

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