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Truck art: Pakistan’s highways to the world

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KARACHI: Over the last few decades, Pakistani truck art – hand-painted floral patterns, poetry and even caricatures of popular personalities on long-haul trucks, buses and rickshaws – has grown increasingly popular in the West. In its birthplace, however, the art has only recently seen mild interest among art lovers. For years, trucks adorned with glossy floral […]

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KSA provides platform for artists to become activists

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KARACHI: Coming across social marketing campaigns brings a smile to our faces but the effort behind their concept remains predominantly neglected. The Karachi School of Arts’ (KSA) 47th annual theses show gives a basic idea of what happens when people collaborate to work on social campaigns. KSA communication design final year students’ campaigns have been […]

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Calligraphic art on display

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KARACHI: Calligraphy is an art form in which letters or nonfigurative shapes turn into figures that are more readable and less watchable with, astoundingly, an enhanced visual appeal. It happens because of the spiritual aspect involved in the art. Text becomes an image that conjures up soul-searching scenes. This could be gauged at an exhibition […]

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A refreshing sight, indeed

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Karachi: Calligraphy, or beautiful writing, is the most revered form of artistic expression in the Islamic world. It is the most highly regarded and the most fundamental element of Islamic art. The employment of calligraphy as something ornamental has a definite aesthetic appeal. One must, at the same time, keep it in mind that calligraphy […]

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Truck art: Colour, with a dash of humour

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KARACHI: The walls of the Indus Valley School gallery provide a glimpse into Pakistan’s vibrant truck art: from booming colours of the flowery patterns to the cheesy taglines, 100 students in their foundation year offered a potpourri of truck art works. The show, titled ‘Off the Road — A Truck Art Exhibition’, opened on Wednesday. […]

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Why Pakistan still doesn’t have a film school

KARACHI: It is no coincidence that the rebirth of cinema in Pakistan has coincided with a rise in universities offering degrees in programmes like Media Sciences and Filmmaking. Despite this, universities tend to treat programmes such filmmaking in the same manner as other more popular degree programmes such as Business Administration, Social Sciences and Computer […]

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Four and other elements opens at Canvas

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KARACHI: It is believed that there exists a delicate balance between different elements, one that must be maintained if there is hope for equilibrium in the universe. A slight discrepancy may have disastrous consequences. However, that is not always the case. A continual blur between the four classical elements, and more, and the oscillating variations […]

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Artefact discovered at Umerkot Fort

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UMERKOT: Initiation of exploration and conservation work within the historically important Umerkot Fort led to an early discovery of a two-foot-long and nine-inch-wide stone slab with an image of a horse-rider and a woman on Tuesday. The artefact seems to be centuries old but there was no one present there to establish or at least […]

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The weightlessness of things

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Naiza Khan is one of those very few Pakistani artists who constantly reinvent themselves with the distinction that they don’t like to reinvent the wheel, as it were, but themselves. What’s noteworthy about Naiza Khan is, and it is more than evident, that she has over the years grown both in terms of experimenting with […]

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Shazly Khan and her ‘Epic Journey’

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KARACHI: A fascinating combination of expressionism and impressionism, Shazly Khan’s stylistic art depicts the feminine form in its multifarious roles. Feminism, friendship and fertility are the three most obvious aspects of her art which, over the years, has evolved into a potent but subtle form steeped in a powerful stylistic imagery. Her ‘Epic Journey’ covers […]

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IVS students flaunt their handiwork from the ‘magical Artventure’

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KARACHI: Magic is taking something ordinary and creating something extraordinary with it. It is the stuff fairytales are made of — but who is to say fairytales cannot be designed in an art studio. When students of the Indus Valley School’s Foundation Programme started their course, they did not believe in magic. Little did they […]

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Do it yourself, the extraordinary way

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KARACHI: To commemorate its new purpose-built premises, Canvas Gallery has organised an exhibition titled ‘Extra I Ordinary (37 Do-It-Yourself Art Ideas for Free)’. Curated by artist Rashid Rana, the show has artworks of 37 contemporary artists on display and all of them are intriguing examples of how readymade art can move away from the banal […]

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Sentence structures

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s young artists are markedly different from their seniors in one respect: they’re pushing boundaries without giving a hoot about ‘boundaries’. This is easy to understand. In the past, if artists pushed the envelope, they knew what they were trying to accomplish consciously. The young artists of today perhaps lack a bit of direction […]

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Imagination knows no bounds

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KARACHI: When quality artists paint art lovers marvel at their paintings but when Tassaduq Sohail paints quality artists marvel at his fecund imagination. An exhibition of his latest body of work opened at the Chawkandi Art Gallery on Tuesday. There is likelihood that the oil-on-canvas artworks that adorn the walls of the gallery exude a […]

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