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Celebrating Another Spring:  Compositions on Resilience & Regeneration

It is hard to review a retrospective of an artist who has taught you the very ABCs of art and has mentored almost everyone you know of in the contemporary art world of Pakistan. What’s even harder is writing about…

Urban Transitions, from Sprawl to Decay

The significance of a shared experience can be examined by deconstructing its residual memory, the sequence of events becomes a string of buoys on the shoreline creating a horizon of unified observations and impressions. Even though the physical experience might…

The Risky Business of Art Authentication – Part II

My first article on the subject published in December 2021 by The Karachi Collective (TKC) garnered significant interest from art collectors, gallery owners, foundations, and auction houses - some with great appreciation and others with discomfort of being called out…

National Narrative, Erasure and Twenty Third March

The boundary wall of Press Club was covered with larger-than-life portraits of iconic women of Pakistan (2016). This gesture of acknowledgement commissioned by the I Am Karachi campaign was painted by truck artists from the urban art collective, Phool Pati.…

Cholamandal Artist Village

Cholamandal Artist Village Author: Dr Ashrafi Bhagat Originally published in NuktaArt, Vol 1, Two, October 2006 Cover Design: Sabiha Mohammad Imani Source of inspiration: Painting by Sumaya Durrani and images taken from Karkhana Today the name of the Cholamandal Artist…

Eyes Wide Open

Marium Agha’s visionary embroideries are overlaid on carefully selected tapestries. The transformation of the original tapestries— from found object into artwork with personal meaning— has become a hallmark of her process. By unpicking, emphasizing, and adding on to sections of…

The Delphian Calm

Through his exhibition ‘Unrealized’, held last year at Canvas Gallery Karachi, artist and curator Adeel uz Zafar delved into the deceptive completeness of artworks, emphasizing the intricate and ongoing process hidden behind the finished facade. Engaging in profound dialogues, around…

Our Vessels: An Interview with Misha Japanwala

I meet fashion designer and artist Misha Japanwala on a cool Sunday afternoon in a fully packed coffee shop in Karachi. We are here to talk about her developing creative practice and I have lots of questions about her audacious…

Reverberant, Earth Echoes

Alongside the framework of a progressively endangered planet, eco-art gains a novel significance. The artists working in this area center on the recognition that the world has entered the ‘Anthropocene’ era. Anthropocentrism literally means human-centered, but in its most relevant philosophical…

Documenta: Will It Brave the Storm

The controversy that began with Documenta 15 has become much worse during the planning of Documenta 16 and now threatens the very life of this Kassel based, prestigious art forum. I remember my first Documenta, it was truly impressive with…

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