Storytelling & the Emblematic Reality

What makes painting modern? Is it abstraction, or is it about depicting the modern world, or an amalgam of the two? ‘Intense’, ‘critical’, ‘breaking with tradition’ and ‘avant-garde’, these are phrases used to describe modern art often. Zainab Zulfiqar and…

Redefining Mysticism, One Weave at a Time

Walking past a bustling Koel Café, you traverse through a small quaint alley adorned with lush foliage which opens into a courtyard where you are greeted by the wooden doors of the Koel Gallery. While reminiscing about my visit, I…

How Do We Make You Listen?

Many, all over the world, were thrown into a frenzy as a result of a recent protest at the Louvre. Dressed as an elderly woman in a wheelchair, a young man managed to sneak up to the Mona Lisa and…

Intangible Spaces

Earlier this year, the 13th edition of the India Art Fair was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic as the Indian government imposed restrictions to manage the Omicron surge. After a brief hiatus, the festival returned in April of 2022,…

The End, Where It Began – Islam and Modernism

In the spring of 2022, the beautiful historical Bagh-e-Jinnah, also known as Lawrence Garden on the Mall Road, Lahore, witnessed the unveiling of a work of art that will forever be remembered as one of its kind ever displayed in…

Questioning Diversity and Coexistence through Form and Space

The first solo show of Anusha Ramchand Novlani, Seven Billion Beliefs, features large scale sculptures based off of architectural structures from around the city of Karachi that highlight the religious and cultural diversity of the city through its iconic landmarks.…

Copper, Creator, Curator

In his work titled Curating Doubt, JJ Charlesworth ponders the concept of curation. While the term curator is fairly understood, the role or job description that comes along with, it i.e. curating, is still being considered a neologism. As Charlesworth…

Of Displacement and the Familiar/Unfamiliar

For the wanderer in us, sometimes as we are getting closer to our destination, we realize how much the act of arriving unnerves us. It’s the disconnected and the unfamiliar that comes with the journey that emancipates us. I had…

Home is the Sailor, Home from Sea

I was reading Robert Louis Stevenson a few nights ago. His poem Requiem, reads: “This be the verse you grave for me Here he lies where he long'd to be Home is the sailor, home from sea And the hunter home from the hill”.1 Ruby Chishti’s works…

Soaring Species

Apt for a museum show, Suspended in Time is extremely overwhelming as it confronts the viewer with multiple facets of South Asian history simultaneously. Ali Kazim was invited to Oxford University in 2019 as the first ever South Asian artist-in-resident;…

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