VASLNewsletter Online                                                                                                                            Issue no. 009, July- Sept  2007



Welcome to VASL Newsletter Online # 9

High on VASL's list always has been alternative learning through its cross cultural and educational exchange.

In September 2007 we have a Video Art Workshop in Karachi for Pakistani artists being conducted by video artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK) on invitation by VASL. Please check below for details.

VASL's expanding role can be seen in its independent monthly study group and curatorial collaboration's like the one with Citizens' Archive Pakistan for the 'Shanaakht' Project in Karachi on the occasion of 60 years of Pakistan's Independence.

For Pakistan it's a reflective time along with the challenges it faces ahead and our residencies, talks and collaborations with other organisations have been worked along with an effort to offer due thought and importance to this occasion.  

For upcoming programs visit

Documentation and archival work is an open and developing database on our website, being worked backwards from the contemporary to the masters, slowly being added now.


Artists on the  VASL Artists Directory  UPDATE your page with the new works and add in scale/medium and other detail to your images. For any help (new password, etc) please call the VASL office or contact


If you wish to contribute or publish news, volunteer or simply find more out about VASL you are welcome to write to us on






Video Workshop for Artists, Karachi, Sept 2007

VASL International Artists' Workshop, Lahore, Fall 2007

VASL International Artists' Workshop, Gadani, Karachi, Feb 2008

KHOJ Eco-Art Residency, Delhi, India

Motiroti, 360° Britain-India-Pakistan

DWAYER’s International Exhibition for Digital Arts in Alexandria, Egypt

DWAYER’s International Visual Arts Workshop for Women, Alexandria,  Egypt

MONITOR 4 Call for SHORT FILM & VIDEO: SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Canada

Domus Academy, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey



VASL-Shanaakht Art Project

VASL at Universes in Universe - Taaza Tareen II by Quddus Mirza

VASL and International Artists' Workshop Gadani 2006 by Naiza H Khan   

VASL Artists' pages: Deadline: 23rd August 2007


Artists in the Network and beyond


Mohammad Zeeshan at Charles Wallace/ Rangoonwala Residency, UK

Mahreen Zuberi at SHATANA International Artists' Workshop,  Jordan

Adeela Suleman - at Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin

Sophie Ernst at RGS UK and India

Thomas Erben: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, NY

Roohi Ahmed – Coast 2007, UK

Waseem Ahmed- Britto Regional Residency, Bangladesh

Mohammad Ali Talpur at Shanghai Contemporary 

Rashid Rana at Shanghai Contemporary and NY

Hamra Abbas - Istanbul Biennial 2007


Artists In Diaspora


Tazeen Qayyum


Galleries and Exhibitions


Green Cardamom, UK - Projects

Aicon Gallery, UK

Launch of Project Art History Pakistan

Rasheed Araeen - Talk

Art resources and useful links

AAA: Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong - Pakistan

52nd Venice Biennial, 2007






Video Workshop for Artists, Karachi

One week video workshop for Artists Conducted by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza – UK

Venue: Vasl Premises, Karachi. September 2007 Course Outline

Email with your CV and recent images:

Joining fee: Rs 2500/-


International Artists' Workshop, Lahore, Fall 2007

VASL Lahore will be holding its two week International Artists' Workshop end this year. Applications are open to artists and dates of the workshop will be coming up on the VASL website as soon as they are confirmed. Please check:

Download application form and send it together with your CV and a maximum of 10 images to

Deadline: August 28th 2007


International Artists' Workshop, Karachi, Feb 2008

Two week International Artists' workshop scheduled for Feb 2008. Applications from Pakistani and International artists are welcome now. Download Application and send with your 12 recent work images and CV to

Deadline: October 15 2007

KHOJ Eco-Art ResidencyAccepting proposals for good art projects from International artists for the 6 week Khoj Eco-Art residency slated for November - December 2007. Interested individuals please send work profiles / URLs / CV + Project ideas addressed to Hemant Sreekumar - Programme Co-ordinator at

Motiroti, 360° Britain India Pakistan: 60X60 Secs: Call for proposals
A three year program of cultural explorations: 2007-2010
60X60 Secs, the 1st launch project is currently accepting one minute video proposals from Pakistan.
The works aim to present their unique views on how the sixty years since independence / partition have informed and continue to impact their evolving identities across Britain, India & Pakistan. Details, deadlines and application:

Creative Associate Pakistan: Shalalae Jamil: or +92 300 260 0661


DWAYER’s International Exhibition for Digital Arts in Alexandria, Egypt

s actually the first festival to be held through Dwayer Group for arts and Dialogue of Cultures with collaboration with Atelier of Alexandria Assembly of Artists and Writers. It is an international exhibition held every two years for the artists of digital artistic edition. The Exhibition management invites all artists from different countries of the world to participate in this festival through sending printed copies of their executed works by the digital printing techniques which are mixed with traditional artistic printing techniques.

Dates: 20 to 31 of March 2008

Deadline: November 30, 2007 


DWAYER’s International Visual Arts Workshop for Women, Alexandria,  Egypt

Egypt to gather women who work in the visual arts from the entire world in Alexandria. The workshop will be held with the initiative and organization of Dwayer group for arts and dialogue of cultures and collaboration with Atelier of Alexandria (Assembly of Artists and Writers). It is aim to working in the relation between arts and the dialogue of cultures, especially in the fields of visual arts and interdisciplinary work (with a cross over between performing and visual arts).

Dates: January 25, 2008 to February 8, 2008

Deadline: September 15, 2007


MONITOR 4 Call for SHORT FILM & VIDEO: SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Canada

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 fourth annual program of international short film & video Monitor 4, Toronto in February 2008.The 70-minute program will be curated by video artist Oliver Husain.

Works must be under 50 minutes, not produced before 2006, 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  1, 2007 (postmarked)


Domus Academy, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey

ARTEXPERIENCE 2007:  LOCAL MODERNITY/GLOBAL EXPECTATIONS is a 4 day workshop and a final event, free of charge but it is open to a selected number of participants: artists, curators, critics, professionals from different fields and people keen of art in general.
The proposal is to focus on concrete relations that happens starting from local processes, which can generate an idea of modernity.
Young artists and students will discuss and work with some of the main players of the contemporary art world on the different meanings of Modernity in art and architecture from global/local perspectives.A.E. is committed to providing an  experimental working space which tries to merge art and architecture in a unique field, inviting artists and architects to work in a cross-border area.Dates: September 12-15, 2007  Roundtable Open Day: September 15th 2007

Deadline: August, 31, 2007, Venue: Santralistanbul

Email:  Website:



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VASL-Shanaakht Art Project - Sohni Dharti

The first project being undertaken by CAP is titled "Shanaakht: The Identity Project". Adeela Suleman of VASL curates an art show 'Sohni Dharti' in collaboration with Shanaakht on the themes of partition and identity to be exhibited at the Arts Council. Shanaakht will take the form of a 4-day festival in collaboration with the Arts Council and VASL in Karachi. Website:

Artists: Bashir Mirza, Ayaz Jokhio, Sophie Ernst, Zahid Hussain, Bani Abidi, Auj Khan, Mahboob Shah, Abdullah Syed, Seema Nusrat, Munawar Ali Syed, Ahmed Ali Manganhar, Ahsan Jamal, Asim Butt, Fareeda Batool, Mariam Suhail and Nilofur Akmut.

CAP is a non-profit society registered in Pakistan dedicated to creating and archiving material produced by and for the citizens of Pakistan. Visit CAP at

The Shanaakht festival welcomes families to its various programs through the day that revolve around the theme of showcasing, narrating, sharing and recording personal experiences on partition and Pakistani identity. Venue: Arts Council Karachi. For more details of the event email  Dates: 10th to the 14th of August 2007.


VASL at Universes in Universe - Taaza Tareen II by Quddus Mirza


VASL and International Artists' Workshop, Gadani 2006 by Naiza H Khan


VASL Artists' page at the VASL website:

Artists in Lahore and Islamabad interested in creating a personal Artists' Page on the VASL Artists directory may register by sending us their bios and contacts by August 23rd 2007 on Respective artists will then be informed about the date of training and venue in their city. Artists in Karachi can also email for a training appointment in Karachi.

The Artists' Directory continues to expand and has 95 artists online by now. Pakistani Masters section has now been introduced to the contemporary data base as well. Visit the directory on this link:


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Artists in the Network and beyond


Mohammad Zeeshan: at Charles Wallace - Rangoonwala Residency UK

This residency is assisted by Green Cardamom, Vasl and Gasworks

Zeeshan is a miniature painter from the NCA and teaches there also. He joined the Gasworks Residence mid July 2007.

He also participated in the VASL International Artists' Workshop Gadani 2006 Karachi.

Mahreen Zuberi: at SHATANA International Artists' Workshop,  Jordan

Mahreen Zuberi is a miniature artist who joins Shatana International Artist Workshop, Jordan.

Zuberi teaches miniature at the University of Karachi and participated in the VASL International Workshop 2006.

The two week workshop concludes 21st of July 2007 with an 'open day'.
Shatana workshop is part of the Triangle Arts Network of artists.


Adeela Suleman - at Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin

Adeela Suleman's sculpture being represented at Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin as the first Pakistani artist at the gallery.


Sophie Ernst: Solo India and Screening UK

Solo Show: Paradise Now

Chatterjee & Lal, First Floor Bilva Kunj, 14 Pandita Ramabai Road

Gamdevi Mumbai 400 007, Maharashtra INDIA Opens: 9th August 2007

Ernsts' 'HOME' project (Lahore/Berlin) screening at the Royal Geographical Society, London in collaboration with Green Cardamom.

Date: July 18th 2007


Thomas Erben: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, NY

Thomas Erben NY puts together the contemporary from Pakistan this season.

Participating artists: Huma Mulji, Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi, Naiza Khan, Rashid Rana, Mahbub Shah,
Zahoor Ul Akhlaq and Muhammad Zeeshan

Show dates: June 28 - August 3, 2007


Roohi Ahmed at COAST, International Artists' Workshop, Liverpool, UK

Roohi joins COAST Workshop this August.

The workshop is based on The Triangle workshop model which brings together a group of 20-25 artists to work together and share ideas and methods for a period of two weeks. Twelve international artists, and a further 4 from the UK (outside of Liverpool), will be invited to participate in the Workshop with a broad geographical and disciplinary spread. Roohi after the workshop will also be a COAST Artist in Residence with University of Central Lancashire.


Waseem Ahmed, Britto Regional Residency, Bangladesh 2007

Waseem Ahmed from Pakistan  along with Jupiter Pradhan, from Nepal and Joya Shahrin Huq from Bangladesh concluded the Britto South Asian Residency in Dhaka. Waseem was part of Five 6 VASL International Arrtists' Residency in Karachi 2006.


Mohammad Ali Talpur at Shanghai Contemporary 

Talpur will participate in the Best of Discovery exhibition at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair.

Green Cardamom will exhibit his work at the Fair.


Rashid Rana at Shanghai Contemporary and Thomas Erben NY

Rashid Rana's work at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair represented by Nature Morte, New Delhi/NY

Dates: 6-9 September 2007

His works will also be appearing at Christies and Sotheby’s New York sales this fall.


Hamra Abbas - Istanbul Biennial 2007

Hamra Abbas has been invited to participate in the Istanbul Biennial in September 2007 and is due to fly out in July to work on site in Turkey. Hamra Abbas is being represented by Green Cardamom UK.


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Artists In Diaspora


Tazeen Qayyum directs Double Date, SAVAC Toronto

Double Date is a collaborative, interdisciplinary performance project between artists from SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective) and AKA Gallery, Saskatoon. This project investigates the possibilities of merging South Asian and Western artistic practices. By using contemporary experimental and performance techniques.

The project has its basis in the analysis of two paintings: The Lady Excusing Her Love Bites as Cat Scratches (India, 17th century) and Jean-Honore Fragonard's The Swing (France, 1767).This collaboration encourages the audience to re-imagine and re-interpret strategies for inter-cultural dialogue and understanding in the visual arts.


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Galleries and Exhibitions




Green Cardamom, UK



Lines of Control

The Lines of Control project runs from 2007 to 2010 and explores the visual culture spawned by the partition of the subcontinent, through exhibitions, talks, symposia and screenings in London, Karachi and Delhi (to be confirmed). Green Cardamom has collaborated with the Royal Geographical Society, Goldsmiths College and Whitechapel Gallery in London, and VASL and VM Art Gallery in Karachi on this project.

The project kicks off with a series of screenings at the Royal Geographical Society, in London this summer:



Sequences from an ongoing project by Sophie Ernst (Lahore) English, 30 min, 2006-7

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Temporary loss of consciousness

Directed by Monica Bhasin (New Delhi) English, 35 min, 2005

Thursday, August 2, 2007


A Season Outside

Directed by Amar Kanwar (New Delhi) English, 30 min, 1997

Presented in association with the Whitechapel Gallery.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


The screenings will be followed by the directors/artists in conversation with curators from Green Cardamom and the Whitechapel, and Nicole Wolf, Lecturer in Visual Culture at Goldsmith’s College.


Aicon Gallery- UK

Works by Talha Rathore & Hasnat Mehmood

Exhibition presented in collaboration with Canvas Gallery, Karachi at Aicon Gallery that showcases South Asian Art.




Launch of Project Art History Pakistan

The Karachi module of Project Art History Pakistan which will begin on June 30, 2007 will be a collaborative endeavor of art historians, art critics and students of art history from various art institutions with the objective to document in considerable detail the art history of the city. Individuals like Dr Mohd. Ali Siddiqi, Dr Rasheed Araeen, Shafi Aqeel, Jalaluddin Ahmad, Marjorie Hussain and others who have contributed to the field for a considerable length of time will be invited to be a part of the Advisory Group of the project. This seminal assignment will serve as a model for research in other parts of the country in the future. This research will not only provide significant material to add value to future art writings but  also be made available for integration into the curricula of art schools.

For queries and contribution of significant historical information/documents for the project contact Niilofur Farrukh, Honorary Head Research, FOMMA -AHRC Email



Rasheed Araeen - 'A Journey of the Idea' 
His 'Minimalism and Beyond' is on shown at Tate Britain, April to August 2007 
Time at 3 : 45 pm Sharp, Saturday 28th July 2007, 
Venue: FOMMA DHA ART Center, Zamzama Park, DHA V, Karachi 
Confirm your seats on 0300-2142950 or email :
Entry allowed no later than 4 pm.
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         August:        15th - 24th                    Arif Mehmood (Photographs)

                           28th - 6th September     Nahid Raza (New Works)

      September :   11th - 20th                      Mohammad Ali Talpur


        July:                18th - 31st                    Navied Iqbal        "Ittihad bain-ul-Muslemein"

                                                                                 Miniature, Photographs & Installation

        August:            15th - 27th                      Seema Nusrat - Soft Sculpture

  September      1st - 15th                    Zarah David


           July:                  24th               Abdul Rahim, Amna Hashmi ,Amjad Ali Talpur


         August:               7th              Ali Abbas


                                          21st                Munawer Ali  Painting Sculpture and Ceramics

          September :           4th               Miniatures by  M.Zeeshan


·       INDUS Gallery, Karachi  


·        ROHTAS Gallery, Lahore



· ROHTAS GALLERY, Islamabad,

· NAIRANG, Lahore,

· GULMOHAR  Karachi, 

· KHAS GALLERY, Islamabad,





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Art resources and useful links

AAA: Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong - Pakistan

The not-for-profit Asia Art Archive based in Hong Kong is one of the world's most comprehensive and easily accessible resources for contemporary Asian art. AAA has established research posts in 9 countries in Asia: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan in 2002; expanding to Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand in 2005; and most recently India, Pakistan and The Philippines in 2007. Maliha Noorani from Lahore is the full-time researcher for Pakistan who will also help AAA develop its regional network and initiate focused research projects in the future. Visit AAA at Email:

Venice Biennial 2007 - Photo Tour
Universes in universe host an extensive and easy to browse tour through the Venice Biennial 2007.
Photos and information on works by approximately 120 artists on the site below.



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