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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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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Rashid Rana – Challenging Notions of Truth March 13, 2021 The art of Rashid Rana has been exhaustively written about, and while conducting research for this piece view Current, Essays, Features, Profiles by Nimra Khan Rashid Rana – Challenging Notions of Truth

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