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On Place-Based Storytelling: A Conversation with Bee Gul

“I think I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree”  Joyce Kilmer Watching contemporary Pakistani drama serials can never make one come to terms with the fact that drama, after all, is a genre of Literature. Such is…

The Artist and the Society: Nagori, the Rebel Artist

When talking about how an artist is moulded by his environment, Professor Nagori would refer to the story of Picasso visited by the Gestapos at the time of Nazi occupation. The officers saw Picasso's painting Guernica, which was made in…

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…

Discomfiting Memories, Ancestral Homes

F.S Aijazuddin recounts how acclaimed author Ved Mehta, son of Dr. Amolak Ram Mehta, visited his father’s home in Lahore at 11 Temple Road not, as assumed, “to reclaim property, but to reclaim his childhood”1; the house was then allotted…

The Thing is…

The curator, Irfan Gul Dahri, asks a rhetorical question in the two-artist show titled Self-Extended. The question is: “What is a person without the things they project their selves into?” Implicit in this rhetorical question is the assumption that there…

Communicating the National Narrative

Walking through the pavilions at EXPO 22, one could see many carefully selected layers of identity: history, innovation, national resources and culture; all woven into a visitor experience that spoke of both a nation’s self- perception and the image it…

Unwrapping Ideas

Unwrapping Ideas Author: Sabiha Mohammed Imani Originally published in NuktaArt, inaugural issue, May 2005 Cover Design: Sabiha Mohammad Imani Source of inspiration: Painting by Zubeida Agha, Karachi by Night, 1956 Has shopping at a supermarket ever left you confused? Have…

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…

In Our Utopias We Unite as One

Residencies have taken on a variety of forms; from retreats to exchanges, and from site-specific to those which are studio-based, workshop-oriented and community-based efforts. Inclusive of formats which focus on production and training, with initiatives focused on a group or…

The Risky Business of Art Authentication

In the recent past, there has been an influx of counterfeit art of Pakistani modern masters; M.A. Chughtai (1894-1975), Ustad Allah Bux (1895-1978), Sadequain (1930-1987), Ahmed Parvez (1926-1979), Ismail Gulgee (1926-2007), Bashir Mirza (1941-2000) and Eqbal Mehdi (1946-2008), just to…

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