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Rights to the City: Understanding Urban Dynamics through Seema Nusrat’s Art

In recent decades, the landscape of Karachi has become a site of anxiety and insecurity with regards to safety. This has caused a shift in urban infrastructure to include surveillance as a key feature. The result of this inclusion impacts…

Kathmandu Triennale and the Case for Arts Education in Nepal

A bright pink poster popped against the stark white walls of Nepal Art Council at the beginning of March, 2022. An unequivocal testimony scrawled across the poster in big black ink also served as the title of Aqui Thami’s artwork:…

Weaving Stories of Solidarity: Reflections on Children’s Museums as Activist Organizations

Weaving Stories of Solidarity: Reflections on Children's Museums as Activist Organizations Author: M. Zulfiqar Ali Originally published in NuktaArt, 2nd issue, January 2006 Cover Design: Sabiha Mohammad Imani Source of inspiration: Installation by Amin Gulgee and Painting by A.P.Santhanaraj, Rural…

Challenging Craft-Design Dualisms: Handloom Weaving in Kachchh, India

This article will draw on recent PhD research on design education for handloom weavers. It will draw primarily on findings from one of two focus case studies: Somaiya Kala Vidya (SKV) in Kachchh, western India, which provides a year-long curriculum…

Storytelling & the Emblematic Reality

What makes painting modern? Is it abstraction, or is it about depicting the modern world, or an amalgam of the two? ‘Intense’, ‘critical’, ‘breaking with tradition’ and ‘avant-garde’, these are phrases used to describe modern art often. Zainab Zulfiqar and…

Redefining Mysticism, One Weave at a Time

Walking past a bustling Koel Café, you traverse through a small quaint alley adorned with lush foliage which opens into a courtyard where you are greeted by the wooden doors of the Koel Gallery. While reminiscing about my visit, I…

How Do We Make You Listen?

Many, all over the world, were thrown into a frenzy as a result of a recent protest at the Louvre. Dressed as an elderly woman in a wheelchair, a young man managed to sneak up to the Mona Lisa and…

Intangible Spaces

Earlier this year, the 13th edition of the India Art Fair was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic as the Indian government imposed restrictions to manage the Omicron surge. After a brief hiatus, the festival returned in April of 2022,…

The Pakistan Pavilion – Architecture and Space as Locus of Dream, Desire and Longing

On October 1st 2021 the much awaited Expo 2020, hosted by Dubai opened its doors to visitors with great fanfare and a spectacular opening ceremony. The aim of the Expo was to promote “an exhibition of culture, technology and architecture…

The Disappearing Mohalla

Reminiscing about my early years, I came to the conclusion that the Urdu word “mohalla” does not translate into English very well. It certainly does not mean “neighborhood”, and “locality” is too restrictive. “Community” would be closer to the truth,…

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