VASLNewsletter Online                                                                                                                            Issue no. 006,  October- December 2006                                                                                                                                              


We welcome our readers to the 1st Anniversary of  VASL Newsletter Online!

The newsletter over this year has continued to grow and reach out, on a quarterly basis to its readers, locally and abroad!

Artists have responded actively and utilised this platform for opportunities and visibility. We also welcome your participation for news and updates! Recently our efforts have been directed towards resource and information development on our website. We have a growing number of articles in Critical Text Section. Please look out for Johan's Interview and other new papers coming up by Niilofur Farrukh,  Naazish Ataullah, Salima Hashmi, Aasim Akhtar, Hammad Nasr, and more!

VASL ARTISTSpages database  has expanded to cover over 80 artists. This is a comprehensive and an evolving documentation of contemporary visual art in Pakistan.

Vasl Lahore has concluded the first part of '13 Satellites' an ongoing project in which artists reclaim public spaces for creating art works. Read more about it.

Media Art Show the first of its kind in Pakistan was very well received. To read what the critics say click here, Quddus Mirza, Salwat Ali


Send us your suggestions/queries at







Artists in the Network and Beyond


Artists In Diaspora


Galleries and Exhibitions

Art resources and useful links





VASL Lahore is now accepting applications for International Artists’ workshop, scheduled for Feburary 16th to March 2nd 2007.

Click here for the application form and send it together with your CV and a maximum of 10 images to or post: c/o Huma Mulji, 3-C Zafar Ali Road, Gulberg V, Lahore 54400, Pakistan.

Deadline: January 7th 2007


The Bag Factory is a studio, residency and exhibition space. The residency programme at the Bag Factory allows artists from around the world to spend a period of three months working in a collective of artists' studios based in downtown Johannesburg. The program offers the opportunity to interact with local artists, to expand your network internationally and to experience a climate of cultural diversity.

Further information: click here

Deadline: ongoing


Applications for the 2006 Thupelo International Workshop have opened. Artists from South Africa, Africa and abroad are invited to apply to participate in the international workshop, which will be held at Rorke's Drift, Kwazulu Natal from 11 to 26 November 2006. The workshop will culminate in a open day/ exhibition of work in progress on the final day.

Travel costs to and from Johannesburg and specialist art materials need to be covered by the artists. Thupelo will cover all other expenses.

Further information: click here

Deadline: 30th September 2006


IDENSITAT is a biannual program based in three areas of Barcelona, enabling creative projects developed within public space and related to the region. It aims to stimulate creative practices which experiment with social engagement and participation, connected to already existing practices and dynamics in the region.Both production and documentation-based projects are called for from international and local artists. 

Further information: click here

Deadline: 15th November 2006


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This event in Karachi will feature ceramists from Pakistan , India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, Lithuania, Finland, The Netherlands, UK, Canada and Turkey.This International Ceramics Exhibition will be held in a space designed by the architect Habib Fida Ali, Karachi.


Visiting ceramists will share their oeuvre, signature techniques and passion for this art form. Inaugural address by Sheherezade Alam followed by four keynote presentations that will focus on special themes. Dates :November 11th and 12th  2006,

Seminar Registration fees Rs 400/-


will be conducted by ceramists from Pakistan, Spain and Finland.  

Workshop Registration is free.Since there are limited seats ceramists will be given preference.

Dates: November 13th  and 14th  2006

For registration forms and details contact Mehar Afroze and Sadia Salim at IVSA and Riffat Alvi at the VM Art Gallery or Email:


 SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective) is looking for contemporary, independent and innovative short films and videos by artists of South Asian origin from around the world.  

Selected works will be screened at the third annual program of international short film & video, titled MONITOR 3 in Toronto, Canada in April 2007. Curated by Claire Eckert (programmer for Pleasure Dome, and past Film and Video outreach coordinator for the Blackwood Gallery, UTM).

Works must be under 50 minutes, not produced before 2004, and have a South Asian artist in a key creative role. Submissions from emerging directors and students are welcome. Artists Fees will be paid. 

SAVAC is a Toronto-based, artist-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary visual art by artists of South Asian* origin, within Canada and internationally. Inquiries can be sent to

Deadline: November 30, 2006 (postmarked)


This 2 month Artist-in-Residence  program brings artists from around the world to the Duolun MoMA Shanghai,  to work on individual or collaborative projects proposed by artists themselves.Dates:March 1st to May 1st 2007. Students and amateurs may not apply.

Email for application:

Deadline: December 10 2006


Artist-in residence fellowship for mid career visual artists Stuttgart, Germany. University or college students will not be considered for selection. For more details visit the website. Website:

Deadline: October 31, 2006 (postmark)




13 Satellites of Lahore

13 Satellites is an on-going public art project, the first of which concluded in Lahore recently. This VASL Lahore project was initiated through blog discussions. Fourteen artists and students, individually and collaboratively intervened in the city through performances, and artworks which challenged the notion of the conventional exhibition space; raising questions about platforms for making and showing art, and the role of contemporary art in Pakistan. The process and the works were documented and exhibited at the Annemarie Schimmel Haus.The project was facilitated by Naazish Ataullah, Huma Mulji and Razia Irum Sadik.



Critical text: NEW: Johan Pijnappel's Interview

Johan Pijnappel was invited by Vasl for a special lecture on Media Art, in conjunction with the Media Art Show program in August 2006.Johan Pijnappel has had a distinguished career as curator of the World Wide Video festival and is an advocate for Video artists and art. Read him in conversation with Naiza Khan in Critical Text


80 Pakistani Artists on VASL Online!

The ARTISTSpages is an expanding, evolving directory that represents practising Pakistani Artists and is maintained by VASL website Pakistan. Majority of these artists individually trained are equipped to update their respective pages along the progress of their works/projects. This facility for website training and ARTISTSpage uploading is available to all professional artists in Pakistan. For questions about maintenance and requesting an ARTISTSpage write to



Artists in the Network and beyond

Talpur teaches at the National College of Arts after finishing his MFA, and participated in VASL Taaza Tareen intiative in April 2005.Public Arts Residency features  assorted public art projects and interventions taking place all over the city between 9–17 September as part of its program .The residency aims to expand the definition of "public art" beyond public artifact by exploring the role and context of art and its audiences in the urban environment.

Saira is a miniature painter from the National College of Arts and teaches at the Beacon House National University Lahore.She also participated in the VASL International Artists workshop Gadani Feburary 2006. KHOJ workshops are high profile artists initiatives that address issues of new internationalism in the visual arts and promote inter-cultural exchange. The two week workshop commences mid October.


Singapore Biennale 2006

Project Room - Haines Gallery San Fransisco. Sep-Oct 2006

ART 212 - Contemporary Art Fair, New York.

Frieze Art Fair, Artists Cinema. London, October 2006


Rashid Rana’s work has been selected for a curated show around the theme of grid and matrix  at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, USA . This show called ‘Grid <>Matrix’ includes works of artists such as Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol,  Robert Rauschenberg, Agnes Martin  and Andrea Gorsky.This fall, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will present [Grid < > Matrix], the first installment in the new series "Screen Arts and New Media Aesthetics." The exhibition investigates both ruptures and continuities between these two distinct yet related modes of visual organization, exploring how the grid and the matrix have influenced our understanding of aesthetics, art and media since the early 20th century. Website:


He is as artist in residence at Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester.



His work to be shown as part of group show ‘Desi-Pop’ at Lille-3000, France, curated by Hammad Nasar and organized by Rich-Mix UK.



Rashid Rana’s work in the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial.         



Rashid Rana in a three person show, along with two Indian artists at Gallery Vitamin, Turin, Italy in November.



Rashid Rana’s work has been selected again for the next Christies auction of contemporary Asian Art to be held in November in Hong Kong. Website:

The Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent's Park, London. The fourth edition of the fair will take place between 12-15 October 2006.Website:


Aisha Khalid at Christies  




Artists In Diaspora


SOLO EXHBITION AT VALENTINA BONOMO ARTECONTEMPORANEA IN ROME: "MINIPHILIA" Miniphilia opens October 3rd at the Valentina Bonomo Artecontemporanea, located at Via Del Portico D'Ottavia 13, 00186 Roma, Italia.

Opening: October 3-6, 2006,


MACARTHUR Grant Awarded to the New York based Pakistani artist

Pakistani artist Shazia Sikander is among 25 people named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to receive its 2006 “genius” award!  Websites:{6937B829-1442-4ED0-81AB-CA3A6A203211}&notoc=1


Saira Featured in Asia Society's "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now” along with seventeen Asian artists from across the US who challenge and extend the category of Asian American art.Ateqa Ali wrote an entry for the show catalogue.

Website :



Galleries and Exhibitions



Inauguration of the new building space for the National Gallery of Art, Pakistan is scheduled for November 2006. The building is spread over three & a half acres of land & is designed by Suhail & Pasha, Architect & Planning Consultants based in Islamabad.

A number of qualified & experienced curators have been invited to present conceptual shows for the inauguration. These shows around fifteen in number, are likely to present a kaleidoscope of genres & trends in practice. Besides display of exhibitions curated by the designated curators on contemporary themes & historical perspective, the gallery will also honour master painters having strong influence towards evolution of Pakistani art scene.

The building will offer a computerized reference library, along with a 450 seat auditorium, lecture halls, cafeteria, restoration & photography lab, children's gallery, a sculpture courtyard at the roof top & storage space.

The concept of the National Art Gallery was taken up in Pakistan in early sixties when Zubeida Agha was running the Contemporary Art Gallery in Rawalpindi _ the first state run gallery in Pakistan!

Courtesy: Mussarat Imam, PNCA



Green Cardamom: Exhibitions, Talks and People




desiPOP, Maison Folie, Wazemmes, Lille

desiPOP opens in Lille, France, as part of the Lille 3000 festival.

Curated by Hammad Nasar and Nada Raza of Green Cardamom, the exhibition features the work of Lahore-based artists Hamra Abbas and Rashid Rana, Melbourne-based Naeem Rana, and Faiza Butt and Shezad Dawood, both based in London.

desiPOP presents a small selection of artists who inhabit a territory between east and west, referencing the detritus of consumer culture in their practice. Defying borders and subverting stereotypes, they make art that is consciously influenced by an international visual language of commercial and cultural exchange.  Taking their inspiration from sources as diverse as Hindu mythology, painted rickshaws, tourist souvenirs and the Wizard of Oz, this group creates a hybridized space where their own hyphenated identities coexist. Website:

Dates: October 13th to January 14, 2007


Who Are You? Where Are You Really From?

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Curated by Hammad Nasar of Green Cardamom and featuring the work of Faiza Butt, Shezad Dawood, Yara El-Sherbini, Ayaz Jokhio and Naeem Rana, this exhibition explores ideas of Muslim identity in the UK now. The exhibition is part of the Festival of Muslim Cultures, UK, 2006.

Date: November 4 – 21 December, 2006


Faasla Rakhein, Kara Film Festival, Karachi

Green Cardamom’s first exhibition in Pakistan will form part of the 6th Kara Film Festival 2006. The exhibition will explore the influences of Pakistani film posters and billboards posters on formally trained artists. Curated by Hammad Nasar and Nada Raza features work by Shezad Dawood, Naeem Rana, Rashid Rana and Mohammad Zeeshan.

Date: December 7th to 17th


Green Cardamom Talks: Tate Britain and Manchester Art Gallery and TrAIN

Hammad Nasar and Anna Sloan of Green Cardamom will lead a study day at Tate Britain, looking at the complexity of the miniature, its imagery and techniques and its journey from earliest forms to today. Date: November 7th , 2006 

The Beyond the Page exhibition opened at Asia House, London and at Manchester Art Gallery in September. Both venues have a programme of talks including a panel discussion at Asia House, moderated by Hammad Nasar, and a talk by Anna Sloan at Manchester Art Gallery on November 9 by Anna Sloan on the historical background of the miniature.

Date: Saturday November 4

Another talk by Hammad Nasar in the context of the exhibition Beyond the Page will at the Transnational Art Identity and Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) at the University of the Arts, London on the representation of national identity.


Green Cardamom People:

Nada Raza joins Green Cardamom, as associate curator. Nada is an independent curator based in London. She has led a number of curatorial projects, including work with the Third Line Gallery in Dubai and taking the works of a number of Pakistani artists to the Scope Art Fair in London in 2005.

Others in the Green Cardamom curatorial and publishing collective include Anita Dawood, Hammad Nasar, Vipul Sangoi and Anna Sloan 



Partitions: Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan and India

This Asia Society Show features Ahsan Jamal, Hasnat Mehmood and Saira Wasim.



CANVAS brings Pakistani Art to Singapore


Sameera Raja of Canvas Gallery curated Beyond the Veil-Art from Pakistan for a fund raising cause for DIL Pakistan held in collaboration with the Alliance Francaise de SIngapour at the SG Private Banking Gallery. The event was on display from 21st-24th September 2006 and was supported by Clariden Bank. DIL Website :

Artists featured were Gulgee, Jamil Naqsh, Nahid Raza, Hajra Mansur, Mansur Rahi, Iqbal Hussain, Shakil Saigol, Mohammad Kazim, Ali Azmat, Masuma Halai Khwaja, Mussarat Arif,Babar Ali and Qamar Siddiq.The multi-cultural event was attended by 300-400 people and speeches were made by the High Comissioner, Sameera Raja and Nahid Raza at the opening reception.




THE COMMUNE Artist Colony: Artists' spaces for studio and dialogue, Karachi
The Commune Artist Colony provides an alternative exhibiting and performing space to artists and gives a platform for discussion.
It aims to promote visual and performing arts and aid strengthening of the artist community in Karachi and beyond.
It now runs private ceramic studios and interactive studios that would  encourage and allow collaboration and discussion between
participants and instructors. Commune is currently equipped with; two large and well-lit multi-purpose spaces, ideal for exhibits and
performances. Commune has also been a working partner with VASL and its events. For details write to

         November:            7th                Usman Ghouri

                                   21st               Art from Bangladesh. Two person,

                                                                      Kazi Sayed Ahmed and Nipu


         November:                                  General Display


         December:                                  Adib Fadil from Syria

                                                                       Saira Riaz Khan from Oman

          December            15th                Group Exhibition of Bangladesh Artists

·       INDUS Gallery  

      November            15th                     Dr Arjumand Faisal

     December            15th                 A Group Show of Ali Imams Students- Noorjehan Bilgirami, Imran Mir, Akram Spaul, Nahid Raza, Omar Farid, Rana Haider, Kazmi And Sumaya    

·        ROHTAS Gallery Lahore

          November                                   Shevani from India


· ROHTAS GALLERY, Islamabad,

· NAIRANG, Lahore,

· GULMOHAR  Karachi, 

· KHAS GALLERY, Islamabad,





Art resources and useful links


Create an account at CAN (Cultural Arts Network) is a not-for-profit organization that bridges the gap between the key creative industries of art, design, media, music and writing. It is exclusively focused on harnessing the collaborative potential BETWEEN creative of these industries.

Jehanzeb Zafar Malik, Pakistan at 0321-848 0409 (9amm – 5pm)

E-mail:, Website:


Kara Film Festival, Karachi, Pakistan

Information about the festival, organizers, previous festivals and Karachi. An online entry form is also available.Dates:7th to 17th December 2006. Website:



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