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August 15, 2011 / the s.a. project

Pakistani Contemporary Art – A Brief History of Now

Pakistan – Contemporary Art – A Brief History of Now. My article which was published in Khaleej Times on August 14, 2011.

“These are trying times for Pakistan and it is only 64 years old. But it is time to be proud of what its art and artists have to say and how far they have made it. Viva Pakistan!”

Click image to open pdf file (1.92MB)   |   Alternatively, if the image link doesn’t work then download pdf file from this link.

Unfortunately Photo Credits have not be given in the article even after I had requested they be added. So here they are:

Fahd Burki – Grey Noise  |  Lali Khalid – Artist’s website  |  Bani Abidi – Artist’s website  |  Mehreen Murtaza – Photographs from her Gasworks Residency images, also used previously in this fun post  |  Hasnat Mehmood – Poppy Seed Gallery


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  1. ayeshakamal / Aug 16 2011 1:53 am

    i like the term “recipe-like”- just the word to describe some imagery and its making! 😀 … hope you’re well… 🙂 mobeen mentioned your blog when you visited our studio in isbd..n now i come here often…its fun:)

    • the s.a. project / Aug 16 2011 10:26 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy the field trips down to ‘mad-town-s.a.’! make sure to subscribe to the blog so you get all my rants in your inbox. who WOULDN’T want that!
      and because of your comment here I’ve discovered your verry interesting blog too.
      So now I’ll come field tripping myself!

  2. Safi / Aug 16 2011 3:55 pm

    Bhuhuat alaa!

    I love it when you kick some ass, kung fu shtyle 🙂

    Keep it up larki!

    • the s.a. project / Aug 16 2011 10:21 pm

      bohut hi shukriya!
      One day we will both kick ass in Afghanistan. trust me, it will happen one way or another.

  3. Tabrez / Aug 22 2011 7:22 am

    Brillaint write up S.A as always! It’s great to see how contemporary Pakistani artists are shedding the burden of the past and carving a new identity. Pakistan always had talent but its image internationally has long suffered from the ill-conceived notion that its a society which is totally inhospitable to free expression. About time people open their eyes!


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