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,…

The ‘Other’ Culture: The Asian Pavilion at The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

An Asian Art department was created at the Rijksmuseum1 in 1952, when the Royal Asian Art Society donated their collection to the Museum.2 Today, a number of objects from the Asian Art department are still on display in the main…

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 Iterative (Re)Vision

In his famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (1903-1950) clearly expresses a concept by giving chapter 19 an incipit that read: “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” Orwell's stinging tone…

Asif Farrukhi, My Partner in Crime

Asif Farrukhi and I were 'partners in crime' as he so often liked to joke. I had known Asif for so long that I really can't remember how we first met; perhaps we were introduced by Zaheer Kidvai. I must…

Nukta Founders and the Biography of an Art Magazine

The spirit of Pakistani art in the early 21st century was perfectly captured by Nukta Art magazine. This magazine on contemporary art was published twice a year, from 2005 to 2013. For those eight years it existed as an intellectually…

The Lost Summers

Many eager parents in the United States like myself anxiously await the month of February. This is the time of the year when summer camps release their offerings which start filling up in a matter of weeks. From robotics and…

Rights of Karachi: Heritage, Development & Humanity

Today’s topic for discussion stems from science. It is often considered technical. And Tangible. But there is an

Rethinking a Utopian Future for Art and Biennales

Biennales, of which today there are hundreds around the world, have become an established method or an

TKC – The Initiative and its Vision

A group of academics from the field of art, design and interdisciplinary humanities joined forces to launch

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