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Imprisonment of thoughts and aesthetics

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By: Ahtesham Azhar KARACHI: Full Circle Gallery has organised a group exhibition titled ‘Trapped’, by Amir Raza and Hidayatullah Mirani featuring two different themes. The theme opted by Raza is about the prevalent situation of our society, which is restricted to development or progress, while Mirani painted about birds and other wildlife, being tortured and […]

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Setting ideas free: Stories of being trapped told through a parrot

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By Hifza Jillani KARACHI: For some, a parrot might just be a bird but in the recent works of artist Hidayatullah Mirani, it represents the apathy of men towards animals and for painter Amir Raza, it is symbolic of how societies have become a slave to their own pre-conceived notions. The two undergraduates of miniature […]

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Flying Solo opens at Art Chowk

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By: Peerzada Salman KARACHI: Imaginativeness in art is often defined as the ability to come up with something ‘new’ by employing tried and tested techniques or by playing around with familiar themes. Well, being imaginative does not always mean to reinvent the wheel in a creative manner. It also implies the knack for making others […]

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Tolerance opens at VM Gallery

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KARACHI: When artists fuse art with literature and philosophy, one of their aims is to establish a connection between these disciplines. This notion is consolidated when one realises that the primary objective of artists and writers is to discover, chance upon or explore — depending where they position themselves — a balanced approach to life. […]

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The Sufi side to Chand Tara

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Peerzada Salman KARACHI: Passionate music can only create magic. And if the passion entails profound admiration for the philosophy of self-negation espoused by the subcontinent’s Sufis, an element of mystique enshrouds the magic. A newly-formed band called Chand Tara Orchestra performance thrilled music buffs at a concert titled ‘Building Bridges through Music’ organised by the […]

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Evoking emotions: Artist’s work questions society’s apathy

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KARACHI: The magnitude of losses suffered by victims of a blast or a natural disaster is often lost on those who only hear about it in the news. Artist Sara Mahmood has used everyday items in her work, such as teddy bears and trash cans, to convey the impact of such tragedies which shatter so […]

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Masters at work

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Peerzada Salman KARACHI: It would be an exercise in futility to try and wax eloquent on the work of the incomparable Sadequain. Artists like him surpass that phase where analysing their creative endeavours fetches nothing: you just have to marvel at how and why they’re able to achieve immortality by creating art that transcends life. […]

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Art with unconventional trappings

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Anil Datta Karachi: The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture was host to two totally diverse kinds of exhibitions on Wednesday evening, with, perhaps, the only point of convergence being that both were very unconventional. One of these exhibitions was a real brain-teaser, requiring an overly fertile imagination to make head or tail of […]

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‘Seven Stories’ of life, love, dreams and light

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Zaib Azkaar Hussain Karachi: The themes of life, love, dreams and light were highlighted in the art exhibit titled ‘Saat Kahaniyan’, or Seven Stories, at the Chawkandi Art Gallery. The display that ran for seven days was highly appreciated by art enthusiasts and critics. They observed that after a long time, bullets and weapons and […]

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Photography book launched

Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui KARACHI: The adage that behind every successful man is a woman, held true on Saturday evening at the IVS Gallery where photographer Arif Mahmood launched a collection of visuals titled ‘Philosophy’, the first of a quartet series. Acknowledging his wife Aesha, Mahmood said it was she who had given him the idea […]

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Night’s tale

Peerzada Salman KARACHI, March 31: Translating a work of art is a thankless job. As the cliché goes, if the translation is not faithful to the original version it loses its contextual perspective; if it is not beautiful like the original text it mars its linguistic charm. This was felt while watching an Urdu translation […]

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‘Way back home:’Artists add a touch of modernity to traditional miniature art

By Our Correspondent KARACHI: The work of nine miniature artists, including Farina Alam, Mizna Zulfiqar and Sophia Mairaj, has been put up at an exhibition, ‘Way back home’, which opened at Unicorn Gallery on March 29. The curator, Soraya Sikandar explained that the artists had taken between three to eight months to put the paintings […]

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Defining Drama for myself

By Saleha Aziz The literal definition of drama is staging the interplay of fictional characters with thematic relevance. Taking the definition a step further, we can say that drama is also a platform provider that mirrors the society we reside in and the issues and ideas that suffuse through it. An expanse of wooden tiles […]

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Art that is simple yet profound

Karachi: “My art is very urban. I reflect what I see. I love interacting with people. Whatever I do is Pakistan”. So began a lecture on art by the Karachi-based freelance artist, Moeen Faruqi, at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) Wednesday afternoon. With the aid of slides of his paintings, Faruqi […]

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