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January 10, 2012 / the s.a. project

as 2012 rolls in…

Before I start the first post of 2012: Thank you 2011 for leaving, you were truly a terrible year.


Mizna Zulfiqar – MA (Hons) Visual Arts Degree Show 2012

It’s been a whole month and a jump into 2012 since my last blogpost. It’s partially to blame on Twitterwhere I’m most often found, constantly tweeting about new shows, exhibitions, grants, photo shares and anything interesting on Pakistani and International Art. The s.a. Project facebook page has grown a lot too and I share many stories at that platform as well.

Today I ended up adding so many more Pakistani / South Asian artists and galleries to my twitter list that it made me think: Maybe I should compile a Pakistan-centric list of people/galleries/art institutions on twitter and post it as a permanent page addition to the blog. It can be updated regularly and people can email in to have their twitter-handles added in. I think  a resource like this will provide a lot more exposure and encouragement to the Pakistani art tweeple, who are in all honesty quite sluggish in their posts (says the woman who last blogged on Nov 29, 2011!). At the moment, while the world tweets about world affairs, art, fashion, food and everything you could imagine about, the Pakistani timeline is choked up with journalists and commentators. A lot of them have become good friends and acquaintances of mine, and although they’re doing a great job it becomes very monotonous. So, lets jump on to the bandwagon now shall we, even if we’re a few light years too late!

Another reason I was so delayed was my involvement in a GREAT international art project, with immense possibilities, that I unfortunately had to walk away from because of a few unprofessional members involved. Another case of middle men mismanagement – in any case I have fumed and foamed at the mouth and I’m over it. Moving on…

Whats next on the blog?

Graduating Class – MA (Hons.) Visual Arts, NCA

I’m currently working on the MA (Hons.) Visual Arts Degree Show 2012 post (the show will be wrapping up tomorrow, January 11, 2012) and it should be up in the next few days, or as soon as I receive all the tons of material I’ve requested from them! I’m very excited for the 9 artists that have graduated, many of who are old friends. Over the past few months I have worked closely with a few of them via email and Skype and I’m excited to see how their work has turned out. They did me the great honour of having me write something for their show catalogue and I also got a super cool shout out from them in the end. Made this monster misty-eyed for a moment!

However, I insisted (translate: argued) with them on not writing my title as Art Critic.  I don’t think I’m there yet…I’m more of a Has Too Many Opinions title kind of person. I did get an Art Journalist title from them and I know exactly which people at NCA would be scoffing at that.

Additionally, I will also be blogging a Guest Post reviewing a Pakistani group show in San Francisco. I’m excited that people across the globe want to share their own reviews and write-ups here.

So if you want to send in a story, photographs or anything you think I should know about, drop me a line at saira([at]sairaansari(dot)com (apparently this is how you avoid spam mail, fingers crossed!). I might blog it, and will most definitely tweet it!


And DO check out the amazing shows Bani Abidi and Huma Mulji  put up in Baltic – UK, Project 88 – India and Grey Noise – Pakistan. Clicking on the photos will take you to the exhibition photo albums posted on Facebook.

Bani Abidi: Section Yellow at the Baltic, UK - image courtesy Green Cardamom. The show is also showing at Grey Noise, Pakistan till January 13, 2012.

Huma Mulji | Twilight at the Project 88 gallery, India


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And definitely join in on my adventures on twitter – SairaAnsariPK


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  1. Maria Khan (@MariaKhan16) / Jan 10 2012 11:34 pm

    oh wow. i am so excited for the MA (Hons.) Visual Arts Degree Show 2012 post! luckily i m a part of it 😛 veee!!

  2. Mizna. / Jan 11 2012 10:00 pm

    *fingers crossed*

  3. Haidar Ali / Jun 11 2012 7:45 am

    who ever made that sick doll hanging needs to have his head checked at some mental facility before its too late….is it that even art??…bying a doll from market and hanging it with a thread… call it art,saira?are u serious?

    • the s.a. project / Jun 20 2012 10:02 am

      Haider, the doll was not bought, it was made by hand by the artist. You might not like it, but really there’s no reason to accuse of the artist of mental instability. If you don’t like it, thats your choice and I won’t argue, but please do share the definition of ‘art’ with me, so I may correct for my ‘non-serious’ attitude.

  4. Haidar Ali / Jun 20 2012 10:49 am

    art is something that looks good and makes the looker feel good/….isnt creepy,sick and vulgar…is fit to be viewed by all segments of society including children and adults……shows the character and upbrining of the artist.

    i am not accusing artist of anything…….it just like sick……taking pictures of lizards with a tubelight and calling it artist expression… have to be kidding me……whats next??some one bringing in his stool and splattering it on a white wall…taking pics and calling it art…..actually the problem is everyone who comes out of NCA thinks its his inherent right to be called an artist/celebrity and anything he makes would be the best artistic piece ever in the history of arts.

    • the s.a. project / Jun 25 2012 6:26 pm

      The kind of comments you have left all over my blog show that not only are you ignorant, but you are extremely rude, confused and have no respect for anyone’s opinions. So therefore this comment does not even a deserve a response anymore.
      If you had gone for a dialogue instead, I would have enjoyed debating on our differing views. I have done it multiple times before and unlike others I don’ run away from people with opposing views. But I guess you just came to the blog with one agenda on your list. Ridicule this blog and this girl.
      Are you done? Can you please go home and take away all your negativity?

  5. Haidar Ali / Jun 25 2012 10:28 pm

    i was just giving my positive and constructive criticism……and no where did i went rude….and i dont have any agenda….other than pin-pointing bad things being done in the name of art.

    • the s.a. project / Jul 2 2012 5:22 am

      “There is no must in art because art is free” Wassily Kandinsky


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