VASLNewsletter Online                                                                                                                            Issue no. 007, January - March  2007



Welcome ....

With 5 years of work behind us, we are now moving towards new challenges in terms of how we engage with and facilitate art practise within our own context. 2007 celebrates 60 years of Pakistan's Independence, so this year calls for a time for reflection and dialogue. VASL is an evolving platform, where we are collaborating with new projects and proposals from within Pakistan and with artists' collectives abroad.  We solicit your comments and ideas, to share this space and make it yours.

The VASL website database for contemporary artists is a successful ongoing project. It now lists 80+4 artists working in the art scene across Pakistan Artists Pages. We hope to train artists in Quetta and Peshawar intensively over the next year.  (Artists please update dimensions of work and other details of your works, as this is an important aspect for professionals, publications and International curators.) Contact:

Our next Residency in March for upcoming artists- Where from - where to - Applications for young artists are open NOW! We have an International Workshop in the pipeline in Lahore for end 2007.

The monthly VASL Study Group which we have just initiated looks at critical text on Pakistani art.

A very happy 2007 from the VASL team!


Naiza H Khan, Adeela Suleman, Auj Khan, Mahreen Zuberi and Munawar Ali.


Send us your suggestions/queries at







Taaza Tareen 2007, Karachi

International Artists Workshop 2007, Lahore

Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York

The Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) looking for A Researcher for Pakistan

The Cartier Award 2007: Frieze Art Fair, UK

SOUL Drawing Project, UK

11th Annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival, USA

Kuona Trust International Women’s Workshop, SA



13 Satellites, Lahore


Artists in the Network and beyond


Bani Abidi

Naiza H Khan

Salima Hashmi

Rashid Rana

Mohammad Zeeshan



Artists In Diaspora


Asma Shikoh

Ambreen Butt

Saira Wasim

Tazeen Qayyum

Ayesha Khan

Hamra Abbas


Galleries and Exhibitions


Amin J

The Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi

The Commune, Karachi

Art resources and useful links


27th Sao Paulo Biennial: Photo Tour

Beyond the Page

Danka, Pakistan





Taaza Tareen Residency II; Where from, where to?

VASL is now accepting applications from recent graduates from across Pakistan. To apply for the second VASL Local Artists' Residency download the form from our website. Works submitted for application should carry all information and details of images submitted. Email: Website:

Dates: 5th March - 5th April Deadline: 5th February


International Artists Workshop Lahore 2007

VASL Lahore is accepting applications for International Artists’ Workshop. The two week workshop has been rescheduled for October - November 2007.Download application form and send it together with your CV and a maximum of 10 images to  New dates coming up soon on our website:

Deadline: April 9th 2007



Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York, USA

The International Artists Residency is a three week Residency Program for visual artists in upstate New York.

Deadline: January 15, 2007
Session Dates: July 1-23, 2007

Application form:


The Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) is looking to fill the position of:

Researcher for Pakistan

The successful candidate will be positioned in Lahore (Punjab) to document and collate material on contemporary art of Pakistan for the Asia Art Archive. Duties of the researcher include: collecting art-related material, documenting exhibitions and events, conducting interviews with artists, curators and other art practitioners, and collating collected materials.

He/She will represent AAA in Pakistan and play a key part in building a comprehensive collection of material on Pakistani art. The post is full-time basis.


- A recognized degree in Fine Art (Theory, History, Criticism) 

- Familiar with contemporary art scene in Pakistan 

- Work experience in the art field a must 

- Fluent in written and spoken Urdu and English 

- A team player with good inter-personal skills

- Dynamic, responsible, and with strong organizational skills 

Interested candidates please send curriculum vitae with full career and academic details, two referees, availability and expected salary to by 20 January 2007.

Data collected will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes only.



The Cartier Award 2007: Frieze Art Fair:Call for applications

The Cartier Award for emerging artists living outside the UK is a major initiative by Frieze Projects, the curatorial programme of Frieze Art Fair, sponsored by Cartier. Gasworks is proud to be working with Frieze Projects for next year's Award and will host the residency of the selected artist.

Artists are invited to propose a new work to be realised at Frieze Art Fair 2007 which will be produced under the auspices of Frieze Projects.

The Cartier Award includes:

- A 3 month residency at Gasworks from mid September to mid December 2007 including accommodation, per diems and travel expenses

- Project production costs of up to £10,000

- An artist's fee of £1,000 

The Cartier Award is open to non UK-based artists within 5 years of graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Submissions from all international artists who meet these criteria welcomed.


Deadline: 5 Jan 2007

More information:


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SOUL Drawing Project UK  
With pencils and A4 paper Vardy Gallery and the Satellite Arts will be inviting individuals
from all over the world to draw what they think their soul looks like.
It is an inclusive project; open to all ages, nationalities, ethnicity's, abilities and religious affiliations.
All drawings will be collected by Reg Vardy Gallery and posted on the website  Five hundred of the drawings will then be selected by the Vardy to appear in a publication distributed worldwide.
Please download your entry pack from the website:
Deadline for submission of drawings : 19th January 2007.
Email Sarah Gorman for material and details at


Kuona Trust International Women’s Workshop - Call for applications  

We believe in giving women the opportunity to work together without the pressing demands of their everyday life. We are looking for a group of up to 20 women artists (12 Kenyan; 8 international) to share this exciting experience. To come together for 2 weeks to make art; share their experiences; to learn from each other as contemporaries in a secluded environment. To return home with renewed determination and to inspire other women artists in their country.  

Kuona Trust invites applications from interested women artists of any media to reach us by the 10th January 2007.

The workshop is scheduled for end-February 2007 and will run for two weeks.

Kuona Trust will provide limited art materials, food, accommodation and local transport during the workshop. Please indicate whether you can pay your airfare. Priority will be given to those who can pay their own way.

 Applicants must submit the following. 

  * 6 digital images of their recent works

  * a letter of intent

  * your c.v. 

Application deadline: 10th of January. Send your application to 


11th Annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival

A brief history of the festival, guidelines for entry, a complete list of the works that have been screened at past festivals and a few success stories can be found online at the following address:

Entry and attendance are free. The festival is scheduled to takes place on Saturday April 14, 2007

Deadline for Entering Work: Friday, February 2, 2007

Arizona State University Art Museum

10th Street and Mill Avenue

Tempe , Arizona 85287-2911

Tel: 480 965 2787 Fax: 480 965 5254

Email:, Website: 


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13 Satellites of Lahore

The second round of this VASL Lahore project begins from mid of March till the end of the month. Thirteen Satellites was initiated through blog discussions in which 14 artists and students from Lahore, individually and collaboratively intervened in the city through performances, and artworks which challenged the notion of the conventional exhibition space.

The project will be open for participation of artists and art students from other art schools within Pakistan. Write to Huma Mulji on Deadline: February 1st 2007




Artists in the Network and beyond


Bani Abidi

Bani Abidi's 'Shan Pipe Band Learns the Star Spangled Banner' named as one of the '10 Best Films of 2006' by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media, MOMA New York. (Art Forum, Dec 2006)


Salima Hashmi : Another contribution to the Art of the region 

The co authored writing project called  Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary art of India and Pakistan was published recently in New Delhi by Yashodhara Dalmia and Salima Hashmi.This volume published by Oxford University Press, includes a series of engaging essays, which survey the history of modern and contemporary art of India and Pakistan.


Naiza H Khan: Solo of new works called 'Drawn to you' in Lahore -

Exhibition of  large scale drawings and prints and object works.

Rohtas II, Lahore, February 2007


Rashid Rana : His work is being shown at international venues such as Artissma  Art  Fair,  Gulf Art Fair, Albion London and an upcoming solo of new works at Nature Morte, New Delhi.

‘Artissima Art Fair’ in Italy, in November 2006. Work represented by gallery Vitamin, Turin

Solo Show at Nature Morte, New Delhi. The show will feature his most recent works. The show will open on 17th February and it will continue till 17th March.

1st Gulf Art Fair. Dubai is hosting it’s first ever Art fair  in March. Along with leading galleries from Europe, India , America and the Far East there will be the work of the most innovative contemporary artists from throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Many of the key commentators in the international art world believe that in the next three years Dubai will become the world’s most important art market outside London and New York. This event is being considered a major step towards this goal.

Group show at Albion, London. This show brings together a disparate range of artists, in terms of style and geography, all addressing a central issue of our time: fear.  Artists in this show;  Kader Attia, Shilpa Gupta, Rashid Rana, Jennifer Wen Ma, Wang Qingsong, Xu Bing

Dates:: March 27th, to run until end of May.

‘Mirror World’; an exhibition curated by Zoe Butt and Bec Dean, previously held at ACP, Sidney and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, will now be travelling to Auckland New Zealand. Dates: 07 March 07 - Sat 14 April 07


Mohammad Zeeshan: Exhibiting in New Delhi in 2007
Solo exhibition of Muhammad Zeeshan at ANANT ART GALLERY, New Dehli, India
Opening: 12th  January 2007



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Artists In Diaspora


Asma Shikoh;  Solo Exhibition - "Liberated" at the Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
"Shikoh's new work reflects her belief in the self empowering identity of American Muslim women. The artist creates an exciting visual interplay of popular icons and the 'hijab' (the head scarf adorned by Muslim women), highlighting the role of individual practices in the shaping of a unique national identity. The work includes personal involvement of more than a hundred Muslim women across America."

January 2 -- January 27, 2007
Opening Reception: Sat, January 6th, 2007, 2-4 pm


Ateqa Ali curates 'Homecoming' for the National Gallery Show scheduled early this year. It showcases works of diasporic artists from Pakistan; some artists participating are Ambreen Butt, Saira Wasim Tazeen Qayyum and Sadia Rehman.


Ambreen Butt

Robert Hull Flemming Museum University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 'I need a hero'. Dates: Jan 15th- June 2007

Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts Cirque Du Monde. Dates: Feb 24th-March 30th 2007

Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Holy land and Diaspora in the desert Dates:April 8th 2006- December 31st 2006

National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan, 'Home Coming'. Dates: December 2006- March 2007

Elizabeth A. Sackler center for feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York Global Feminism, Dates: March 23rd - July 1st 2007


Saira Wasim is being represented by Ameringer and Yohe Fine Arts Gallery in New York


Tazeen Qayyum received a travel grant from the Canada Council to come to Pakistan for the inauguration of

the National Gallery in Islamabad.


Sa'dia Rehman, a New York based artist, was in Pakistan to make an installation for an exhibition being curated

by Ateqa Ali for the National Gallery called 'Homecoming'.


Alia Hasan-Khan, who was based in Austin, Texas, is in Pakistan and will be teaching at the Beacon House National University in Lahore in the first quarter of 2007.


Ayesha Khan will have an exhibition at Yale University in February 2007. 


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Galleries and Exhibitions




Amin J - Karachi based photographer invites viewers to his online exhibition, opened December 22nd 2007.

Amean J’s work and name have been featured in publications like The New Yorker, Colors, Herald, Newsline and books such as ‘1000 signs’ by Taschen.



Croweaters Gallery, Lahore ,

Talespinning: The role of story telling in art.

Participating Artists: Alia H khan, Naiza H khan, Shajia Azam, Ayaz Jokhio, Ahsan Jamal, Ayesha Jatoi

Curated by Ateqa Ali . Opening: 31st Jan 2007


The Mohatta Palace Museum Karachi


"Art for Charity" is an exhibition of Art and Photography. The exhibition is being organized by DAWN Group of Newspapers and all the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go toward the DAWN Relief fund for the rehabilitation of the earthquake victims of the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Pakistan .

Dates: January 15- 20, 2007

Participating Artists:

H.H Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum daughter of H.H Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum- UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai 

The photography of H. H Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was unveiled in public for the first time at the Burj Al Arab – Dubai in November 2005. Her work depicts a mature and artistic eye, as well as a sense of humor and a great understanding and appreciation of Mother Nature. H.H Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has kindly consented to donate all the proceeds from the sale of her photography for the relief of the earthquake victims.  

Uschi Schmitt Ladanyi.

Ms. Ladanyi was born in Germany- Bavaria and graduated from Munich U5 Academy in Art, Graphic Design and Photography. She combines modern technology from her photographic skills with her artist background.         

Karen LaKar.

Karen Lakar has studied in Berlin and she is working in Munich and specializes in bronze and aluminum sculptures. The sculptures are inspired by forms of nature like plants and creatures and uniformed into abstract and natural shapes.


Tale of the Tile: the Ceramic Traditions of Pakistan will continue for another quarter.

Salwat Ali on the show:



THE COMMUNE Artist Colony
Sara Bakhtyar  'Restrictions', Opens 6th January 2007
For details write to
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         January:            9th                Group Show - 6 artists

          Sadia Moiz, Shoaib Mehmood, Safdar Qureshi, Farheen Maqsood and  Amjad Ali Talpur 



         January:           8th - 13th         Japanese Craft Exhibition


         February:         1st - 15th          Tara, based in New York ( Solo- Indian Painter) 


           March:             10th - 20th        Obaid Syed ( Landscape Painter from Sweden)  


         January:           5th                  Samina Mansuri        


         March:             18th                 Salman Ikram        



·       INDUS Gallery, Karachi  

       January:             9th                 Mansur Aye


         February:            -                   Group Show , Students of Mr Ali Iman


           March :               -                   Saleem Mansur

·        ROHTAS Gallery, Lahore

          Feburary              -                  Naiza H khan         



· ROHTAS GALLERY, Islamabad,

· NAIRANG, Lahore,

· GULMOHAR  Karachi, 

· KHAS GALLERY, Islamabad,