Samar F Zia

Rasheed Araeen: Equitable Politics

Acclaimed Pakistani Artist Rasheed Araeen, best known for his contemporary sculptural lattices, exhibited simultaneously and consecutively in three different locations in London in the month of July 2023 including the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. The other two sites, at…

Art Futures & the Non-Traditional Artscape

To keep abreast with art and art market developments it is imperative that art from Pakistan keep up with enduring global trends. In this article I aim to simplify the enigma that is CryptoArt, while focusing on some of the…

Soaring Species

Apt for a museum show, Suspended in Time is extremely overwhelming as it confronts the viewer with multiple facets of South Asian history simultaneously. Ali Kazim was invited to Oxford University in 2019 as the first ever South Asian artist-in-resident;…

A Necessary Disruption

Trending lately is a (welcomed) wave of inclusivity that has engulfed the world. Be it an individual demand or a more public endeavor—such as by a political or cultural association—there seem to be new spaces being created for acknowledging and…

Contemporary Classics

While standing face to face with Faiza Butt’s large scale romanticized painting at Grosvenor Gallery, London, the artist’s trajectory echoes in my mind. The works are an ode to nature, where the title Super Natural doesn’t refer to otherworldly beings;…

Fabric and Frolic: A case of Identity and Belonging

Fabric, flowers and identity are the threads that plait together the work of artists Adeela Suleman, Bushra Waqas Khan, David Alesworth, Liaqat Rasul and Ruby Chishti in the exhibition Patterns of the Past, Weaving Heritage in ‘Pakistani’ Art. Held at…

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