Big, brash Karachi vies with more staid Lahore as the heart of Pakistan’s art scene. The show “The Rising Tide: New Directions in the Art from Pakistan 1990-2010”, brings together the two urban schools of art to reveal the virtuosity and variety of painters, sculptors, video-makers and photographers, many of them under 40.
Until now Pakistan’s art scene has been largely private, hidden away in small galleries or elite living rooms. The curator of the current exhibition, Naiza Khan, who is herself a prominent artist, was determined to open contemporary art to a wider Pakistani public.
To do so she brought back important works by two of Pakistan’s star contemporary artists, Rashid Rana and Imran Qureshi, from Dubai and Hong Kong (a painting by Mr Qureshi is shown below). She also invited contributions from two young artists—Abdullah Syed and Nusra Latif Qureshi—who work in Australia.
Breath of Violence (The Economist)