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Changing shape of art over three decades

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Karachi: Artist Quddus Mirza delivered a lecture on the changing shape of art over the last 30 years, sharing his concerns and ideas with the audience at the Fomma-DHA Art Centre on Friday. The artist also discussed his works spanning the period 1983-2013 at the event organised by The ArtNow Springboard Series and the Foundation […]

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Coding labels

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KARACHI: Coding Labels sounds like a book title. Well, in this case it isn’t. It is the title under which the current body of work by Abid Aslam is these days on display at the Canvas Art Gallery. The artist is working as a lecturer at Hunerkada, college of visual and performing arts in Lahore. […]

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Saturday Studio: Karachi’s first walk-in art studio opens its doors to all

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By: Saadia Qamar KARACHI: Artist Laila Odho Premjee’s life has been largely consumed by her “love for art” When she speaks, it shines on her face and glistens in a pair of dark brown eyes, her love for the arts, per se. More than the abstract though, it is the “portraits and figures” that have […]

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An art exhibition from an altruistic perspective

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Karachi: The city is dotted with art galleries and two or three exhibitions are always running concurrently; however, sometimes these stand out for the nature of works they exhibit that are always altruistically oriented. One such show opened at the VM Art Gallery recently. Unlike most art exhibitions, this one aims not at lucrative sales […]

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Visual artist Naiza Khan honoured with Prince Claus Award

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Karachi: Visual artist Naiza Khan has been selected as one of 11 laureates in 2013 to be awarded the prestigious Prince Claus Award – making her the third Pakistani after Arif Hasan and Madeeha Gohar to earn this distinction. Naiza Khan, born in Bahawalpur in 1968, creates incisive work that examines the crucial paradoxes of […]

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Photograph exhibition narrates ordeal of prisoners, families

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ISLAMABAD: Qari Mohammad Saad Iqbal Madni had been subjected to severe torture in Egypt for 92 days. He was locked up in an underground cell the size of a grave and repeatedly tormented after local authorities picked him up in 2003 from Indonesia where he was visiting his stepmother. Later, he was shifted to Bagram […]

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Floating Worlds opens at Koel

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KARACHI: Fluidity in art is best expressed when artists feel at their uninhibited best. This makes them follow their imagination like moth to flame. Sometimes imagination leads them into uncharted territories in a serendipitous way and on occasion they mould their imagination as per their whims (the latter is not always advisable unless you are […]

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Paintings and sculptures: Indigenous artists display ‘home-grown’ works

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KARACHI: Art comes in different forms and expressions and on Saturday, the Unicorn Gallery was host to the diverse works of four artists who are faculty members of the Jamshoro University. The CEAD Jamshoro Faculty show has been curated by Saniya Naz, who said that the work on display was “pure and without influence.” The […]

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An artist’s endeavour to preserve history

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Karachi: The city is dotted with art galleries and there’s hardly a juncture when there aren’t at least three or four exhibitions running concurrently. Some of these, however, come as a whiff of fresh air, in that they are so different from the present-day trend which aims at just abstractism and modernism, requiring of the […]

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Childhood innocence a wellspring of creativity

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Karachi: There’s art exhibitions galore in town, all the trendy art galleries capitalise on the public penchant for the weird and the comic. All sorts of modern, avant-garde art forms are there, art forms where the viewer lets his imagination run away with him. There are works which call for mental acrobatics with superlative alacrity […]

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A ‘fractured’ nation: ‘Burdened by imperialism, longing for an ideology’

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KARACHI: Politicians are responsible for Pakistan’s downfall. The inability to extract ourselves from the influence and interference of the West has meant that we have been unable to create our own ideology. Artist Sobia Ahmed miniature works from her first solo exhibition scream of these statements, imploring the audience to take a closer look at […]

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‘Felicity’ opens at Canvas

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KARACHI: Interpreting cultural norms in a post-modern setting is a pretty formidable task. Artists construe trends by using unconventional techniques trying to get a sense of patterns set from time immemorial. It is an encouraging sign that young Pakistani artists are willing to break moulds and think out of the box to create art in […]

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Finest art/can be created in borderline solitude

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Karachi: The finest art can be created when you are one with yourself, in borderline solitude, Sana Arjumand told me in an interview. The Islamabad-based artist is in Karachi for her solo exhibition, which opens Tuesday (tomorrow) at the Canvas Gallery. The show’s title ‘Felicity’ signifies Sana’s focus on abundant happiness. “Whatever you focus on […]

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Abstruse imagery

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KARACHI: Contemporary art is often accused of being overly hodgepodge in terms of technique. A bit of this, a bit of that, and you make the viewer confused enough to form an informed opinion. A four-person exhibition titled ‘Abstruse Imagery’ curated by S.M. Raza opened at the Art Chowk Gallery on Wednesday. One South Korean, […]

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