About Vasl

Vasl Artists’ Association is affiliated with the Triangle Network, UK,which is an international network of artists and art organizations.

Founded in 2001, Vasl Artists’ Association is a not for profit contemporary arts organization, based in Karachi, Pakistan. Vasl is dedicated to providing collaborative opportunities for international and nationwide artists through residencies, talks, exhibitions, publications, research opportunities, community art projects and educational outreach. Vasl is committed to creating a space for experimental, interdisciplinary and critical contemporary art practice in Pakistan and to connecting artists, students, patrons, researchers and the wider community to and through contemporary arts. In the past 17 years, more than 500 international and local artists have undertaken Vasl residencies, workshops and local projects of significance from countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Kenya, Turkey, India, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Korea, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, Mexico and the US.

The Vasl apartment is fully furnished and houses 2 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a communal living space with a small library, a kitchenette and dining area,  storage capacity and a rooftop studio space.  The Vasl employees work  within the office spaces of the apartment to facilitate and organize ongoing and future projects with our resident artists and future collaborators. The building in which Vasl is located also houses the T2F (The Second Floor) café, library and interchangeable event space for multiple activities on the floors below.

Overview of facilities:

  • Two bedrooms with attached bathrooms,
  • WiFi and air conditioning,
  • Printing, scanning and other multi-media gadgets
  • Back-up generator
  • Kitchen, dining area and communal living space
  • Studio/workspace accessible to in-house artists
  • 24 hours Assistant Staff.

Vasl Board Members 2018

Rosa Maria Falvo is an independent writer and curator, specializing in Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern contemporary art, as well as an International Commissions Editor for major arts publishers in Milan. Italian-Australian, she has attained degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, and Perugia University in Italy. Rosa is particularly interested in the power of the arts as vehicles for cultural education, appreciation, and international exchange.

Kamran Asdar Ali is the Dean of the Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences and Professor of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (2002) and the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (2008), Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (2009) and Gender, Politics, and Performance in South Asia (2015). His recent publications have been on gender, ethnicity, class politics, sexuality and popular culture in Pakistan. His more recent book is Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947-1972 (2015).

Dr. Iftikhar Dadi is an Associate Professor at the Department of History of Art, Cornell University, USA. Dr. Dadi is a critically acclaimed researcher on modern and contemporary art and has written and contributed towards numerous publications, some of which include; Modernism and the art of Muslim South Asia (2010), the monograph Anwar Jalal Shemza (2015)and Lines of Control (2012).

Dr Mikala Tai is the director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. As a curator, researcher, and academic specializing in contemporary Asian art, she has collaborated with local, national, and international organizations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia. Tai has taught at Monash University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and the University of Melbourne in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. . In 2015, Tai received her PhD, focusing on the influence of the global city on China’s local art infrastructure.

Khurram Kasim is on the board of directors of various companies of the Hasham Group, which is his family concern and was established by his grandfather Mr. Haji Hasham in 1948. Mr. Kasim started collecting contemporary Pakistani art in 1997. Over the past twenty years he has developed one of the most significant private contemporary art collections in Pakistan. Besides art, Mr. Kasim has a keen interest in design and in 2017 he launched his furniture design brand BRAT with an exhibition in Karachi. In 2017, he established the Khurram Kasim Art Foundation. KKAF’s maiden initiative is to provide sponsorship for an artist from Pakistan to be selected for the Delfina Foundation residency in the United Kingdom every year.

Duraid Qureshi is the CEO and co founder of the HUM Network Ltd and one of Pakistan’s leading entrepreneurs. Having completed his Masters in Business Administration from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 1997, he pursued an advanced management program at  Harvard Business School in 2009. Mr Qureshi has been the Chief Operating Officer  at Al-Abbas Sugar Mill Ltd. and Moomal Productions Private Ltd.

Nadeem Khalid possesses more than ­­­­­­­­­35 years of professional experience of managing Herbion Group of Companies, which manufactures and markets natural medicines in more than 25 countries of the world, employing 1,200 people.
He is serving on the Board of Governors, WWF since 2014 and was the Commodore of Karachi Yacht Club in the year 2009 and its Honorary Secretary from 2007-2017. He is also serving on the board of Directors of Peace Niche/ T2F and VASL.
He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Gas and Steam Turbines) from People’s Friendship University, Moscow, Russia and is interested in literature, Art, Political Economy and History.

Adeela Suleman received her BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 1999 and before that she did her MA in International Relations from Karachi University in 1995. Currently Suleman is Associate Professor and Head of Fine Art Department at The Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan. She is the founding member and Director of Vasl Artists’ Association, Karachi, Pakistan.

Naila Mahmood is a Karachi based visual artist, writer and documentary photographer. Her work revolves around the complexities of urban spaces. She also does research based photographic projects. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Executive Council and adjunct faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. She is the Director of the Vasl Artists’ Association

Vasl Working Team 2017 - 2018

Veera Rustomji is a visual artist and writer. She graduated in 2015 from the Department of Fine Art of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. A recipient of the Rangoonwala Trust Academic Scholarship, she continues to conduct  research for her practice that is driven by her interest in the parallel dialogues of migration and heritage. At present, she is working as a Project Coordinator for Vasl Artists’ Association and pursues freelance writing with numerous publications. She was an artist in residence for the 2017 Murree Museum Artists’ Residency and has exhibited her work within  Pakistan and the U.K.

Hira Khan is a practicing visual artist and a Research Coordinator at the Vasl Artists’ Association where she coordinates and assists visiting resident artists with the production of their art. Khan completed her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 2015 from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. With an avid inclination towards material explorations and forms, her individual practice is primarily in sculpture. Hira has displayed her work in multiple group shows at galleries in Karachi and has recently been a resident artist with a solo show at the Hollows Artspace, New York.

Razin Rubin received her B.F.A with a distinction from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 2016. She has explored various mediums, but her studio practice focuses on miniature painting, drawing and photography. Rubin’s work interacts with the viewer and creates a dialogue around the things she has witnessed. Her work exhibited in Pakistan and she has also taken part in two artist residencies. Rubin currently lives and works in Karachi and is the assistant coordinator for Vasl Artists’ Association since 2017.

Halima Sadia is a graphic designer with an independent freelance practice since 2014. She graduated with bachelors in communication design from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. Her prominent projects include branding of the IAMKARACHI campaign & events in 2015 and art direction & graphic design of the Karachi Biennale 2017. Currently she is design consultant for Dot&Line for the Children’s’ Section of the National History Museum by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan. Halima works full time as the Creative Manager at Vasl Artists’ Association.


Vasl Artists’ Association utilizes the apartment primarily for Vasl residency programs, workshops and collaborators. However, upon availibility, the association does offer accommodation to those individuals who belong to art backgrounds and wish to stay in Karachi for their work and research. In such cases the rooms are rented out for affordable rates only when unoccupied by Vasl resident artists. All proceeds raised through the rental of our accommodation and studio spaces go towards supporting our programs.

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About Triangle Network

Triangle Network is a global network of artists and arts organisations that support professional development and cultural exchange amongst artists, curators, cultural workers and organisations throughout the world.

Since 1982, Triangle has provided significant opportunities for over 4,500 artists through workshops, residencies, events, exhibitions, work placements and studio provision. This has led to the creation, association and partnership of Triangle Network projects and organisations in over 40 countries – an extensive, artist-focused infrastructure that continues to adapt and thrive.

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