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Flight: on Transcendence, Ascension and Escape

Koel gallery’s recent group show takes heart from Khalil Gibran’s famous poem ‘On Beauty’. Similar to the poem, where Gibran seeks to dismantle narrow beliefs on the subject of beauty, the exhibition’s theme offers an engaging and insightful look into…

Contemporary Intimacies and Printmaking – Reexamine / Retrace

Many things about AAN Gandhara Art Space’s recent exhibition titled Re-examine/ Retrace prompt our admiration. Brainchild of artists and curators Adeel Uz Zafar and R.M Naeem (of Studio R.M), the show centralizes printmaking techniques including woodcut, relief, and line etching…

Nonsensical Truths- A reflection on “Drun”

The art of comedy and the whimsical has long been used by artists to address serious issues with a hint of satire in a way that is digestible for the general audience. This perhaps, can be seen as a more…

From Home Studio to the Gallery Wall

From Home Studio to the Gallery Wall: Review of NCA Degree Show 2021 I It is the end of yet another academic year at the National College of Arts, Lahore where spectacular arrays of art breathe life into this historic…

The Red Carpet

The advent of the fashion industry that we know today by and large occurred during the Victorian Era. Britain went through several advancements during the 1800s, including the mass manufacturing of sewing machines, which in turn, enabled a greater production…

Wayward Sought-ings: On “Anatomy of a Horny Heart”

It may be best to begin with a memory. A figure of marbled flesh stands atop a plinth, through the folds of a robe one can discern the silhouette of legs, and beneath a draped foot the name “Venus” is…

Past Present Future

In a time when the global population is forced to isolate, socially distance itself and come to terms with its socio-economic disparities in a real way, a recent show attempts to bridge various forms of gaps in the art world.…

Microcosm 4

Microcosm 4 is the most recent in a series of exhibitions held previously between 2017-2019 and curated by artist-curator Adeel Uz Zafar at AAN Gandhara Art Space in Karachi. This iteration considers artworks by thirteen1 emerging Pakistani contemporary artists who…

Creative Alternatives

The magic and mayhem of a mega-city like Karachi provides unending opportunities for artistic commentary. A recent exhibition at The Full Circle Gallery titled ‘Creative Alternatives’ showcased the work of four artists and one writer-in-residence, all of whom had participated…

Bashi Bazouk

In times of friction and unrest, art disarms yet cavorts with the ingenious acts of creation allowing for moments of introspection. Adeela Suleman’s solo presentation titled Bashi Bazouk held at Canvas Gallery opened on March 9th 2021. Bashi Bazouk, the…

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