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…

Unveiling Artistic Narratives: A Journey through the Indus Valley Fine Art Degree Show

Typically, the conclusion of the academic year is an exciting time for young artists who have spent four years nurturing their skills, ideas, and research into a unified body of work. This journey, characterised by different stages of development, culminates…

Culinary Belongings – Finding Home in Food

The smell of freshly fried pooris wafting through the house often welcomed me to the breakfast table on Saturday mornings at my childhood home in Karachi. At other times, it would be homemade paratha with a simple omelet of eggs…

In Between Imaginary Lines and Lands

Liaquatabad. I had never heard of this place before. I had heard of Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi -- the latter because Shoaib Akhtar is also known as Rawalpindi Express and there is a delicious recipe for Rawalpindi Chole in an…

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…

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…

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…

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