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Post Pandemic Reverberations in Studio Teaching

In a time of global predicament and reckoning, when, even leading gatekeepers grappled with unchartered territories, the meanings and methods of education were also tested. Many educators during the pandemic claimed to adapt to the rapidly changing academic needs, while…

Parallels of Home – The Awakened Emotion

Home does not necessarily constitute a geographical space; it can also be deemed an emotion that we as humans carry with us in our peripatetic journey of life. An emotion that we attach to materiality in pursuit of creating our…

Anticipating a New Direction The 51st Venice Art Biennial

Anticipating a New Direction The 51st Venice Art Biennial Author: Simone Wille 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 Scape (detail) With…

Manifesting Lived Histories

Saba Qizilbash’s solo presentation Hundred Years a Jackal at Dastaangoi Gallery interprets the structures of indigenous identity, and investigates shared ancestral histories through a critical lens of decolonisation. Her practice reclaims a plethora of cultural, architectural and topographical identifiers of…

Aesthetics of the Urban Poor

We have a unique vernacular urban heritage, and in this context, Karachi’s multi-ethnic, multi-cultural identity needs to be understood and appreciated for its diversity, richness, and pride in their living environment. Aesthetics is a universal trait of human culture that appears…

Great Silk Flowers Grew from her Needles

Entering the gallery space, two things draw one’s attention instantaneously: the soulful voice that sings in the background, and the vibrant colors of the textiles suspended from the ceiling. More details unpack once the initial impact is absorbed. Silverware, porcelain…

Where is Contemporary Islamic Art in the Arab World?

Where is Contemporary Islamic Art in the Arab World? Author: Wijdan 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 Scape (detail) In…

It Isn’t Wise to Tame the Waters

It seems that almost no area of land has been left terra incognita by human interference. Every rock and plant has fallen prey to being scaled and listed for all the wrong reasons— to occupy or replace. The overwhelming draw…

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…

Perplexities of Abandonment

When I use the terms 'forsaken' and 'forgotten', I refer to the deserted spaces and abandoned objects left in disarray. These spaces and objects captivate my attention while exploring the multilayered megapolis— Karachi. Some such spaces and objects might not…

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