VASLNewsletter Online                                                                                                                            Issue no. 010, Oct - Dec 2007



Welcome to VASL Newsletter Online # 10


'This is the best kept secret of Pakistan"  President Pervez Musharaf was truly overwhelmed by the art works on display at the newly inaugurated National Art Gallery, Islamabad in August 2007.

The challenge that now faces the artist community is to help support this institution by positive pro-active participation.  Developments over the recent months within Pakistan have ensued uncertainty and unrest and we feel projects like the National Art Gallery coming to fruition are the true direction and aspirations of a civil society. 

Art in Pakistan has gone through similar trials in its history and has always surfaced as a voice of resistance.

The VASL team has put together a virtual tour of the 14 shows that were curated by art professionals for the

the inaugural show! We hope all our readers and especially the ones offshore will enjoy this!

Visit the National Art Gallery Tour


In the last VASL Study Group we discussed the challenges of this new institution and how the arts infrastructure is developing across Pakistan. Interventions made by artist groups have a key role to play. We would like to extend this dialogue initiated in the study group and invite our readers to participate by sending in their suggestions on the following:

'What directions/ role do you think the National Art Gallery should take in the next decade'

Send it in at


Taaza Tareen III applications will be screened by 20th November so please read below for detail and send us your images...NOW

Art Services now onwards will be available at the VASL office. Whether you are living in Karachi or visiting, drop by and take advantage of this to upgrade your visual presentations and webpage. Read below for detail.


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 write to us on






VASL Taaza Tareen III 2007, Karachi

Theertha International Artists' Workshop 2008 - Srilanka

Britto International Artists' Workshop 2008 - Bangladesh
MONITOR 4 Call for SHORT FILM & VIDEO: SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective)- Canada

ComPeung: 2008 Artist Residency Program - Thailand

Art Archivist for FOMMA Art History Resource Centre ( AHRC, Karachi)  

Citizens Archive of Pakistan: Opportunity for Coordinator ( Karachi)



VASL Art Services

VASL Artists in Residence: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler - UK

VASL Artist in Residence: Farhana Syeda - Bangladesh

International Artists' Workshop, Lahore and Karachi Dates


Artists in the Network and beyond

Rashid Rana

Bani Abidi

Imran Qureshi

Naiza H Khan


Artists In Diaspora

Urban Myths & Modern Fables

Shazia Sikander and Ambreen Butt

Shazia Sikander

Asma Ahmed


Galleries and Exhibitions

Green Cardamom, UK - Projects


Art resources and useful links

10th Istanbul Biennial 2007






VASL Taaza Tareen III 2007, Karachi

VASL is now accepting applications from recent graduates from across Pakistan. Application Deadline: 20th Nov 2007

Please send 12 images of your recent work, artists statement and CV to

For more details visit the website in the future. Download Application form by clicking Here!


Theertha International Artists Workshop 2008 - Srilanka

IAW is an experimental interdisciplinary art workshop held once in every 2 years. It is envisaged as a non-didactic experimental forum to facilitate an interdisciplinary collaboration of art forms.

Deadline:15th December 2007  Application:


Britto International Artists' Workshop 2008 - Bangladesh

Artists working within site specific work/ installation/ video/ performance/ community work encouraged to apply for the upcoming International workshop scheduled for the beginning to the mid of January 2008. Deadline: November 15th 2008

Email: Website:



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: Website:

Extended Deadline: November 15th, 2007


ComPeung: 2008 Artist Residency Program - Thailand

Artists or arts workers who work in or with communities are encouraged to apply. Our residency program provides opportunities for local and international artists to live and work together with our team and the local community.

Deadline: Ongoing Link:


Art Archivist for FOMMA Art History Resource Centre (AHRC) - Karachi

Opportunity for making a career in Art research and documentation at AHRC and later at Museum of Modern Art Karachi (MOMAK). Interaction with visiting Art historians, theorists and researchers and assistance in organizing courses and lectures. Relevant training to develop professional skills to grow with the institution will be provided. Job includes cataloguing and maintaining of AHRC archives (print and digital) and lending/maintenance of equipment. Timings:10 am to 6pm, 5 days a week. Starting salary- Rs 10,000/- Qualification- graduation (preferable degree or 4 yr diploma from art school). Basic computer skills and proficiency in Urdu and English.

Contact: Niilofur Farrukh, Head Research - AHRC, Tel: 021 5870779, Email:


Citizens Archive of Pakistan: Opportunity for Coordinator - Karachi

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to archiving the cultural history of Pakistan.

Qualified, motivated, thorough and responsible administrator/ coordinator who will work full-time in our office located in Clifton, Karachi. Proficiency in English and Urdu, a Bachelors degree, basic computer skills and transportation and relevant work experience. 
Coordination: Working closely with CAP board members, taking minutes at Board Meetings, managing all official and unofficial correspondence using web/email/phone/letters. Running duties: delivering letters/proposals/ materials as per requirements, managing databases of volunteers/members etc.

Project management: Organising events such as festivals, seminars, concerts. Work with board member Amean J on creating digital archive of images Public relations: Working with electronic and print media to promote CAP and its various programs and updating the website. Compensation: Pak Rupees 20,000 monthly. Hours: Full-Time
Send application to:

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VASL ART Services -

Visual Presentation, Artists Web Page and Video editing facilities available at the VASL office.

For details click:


VASL Artists in Residence: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, London - Sept-Oct 2007

Their 6 week long stay ended this October which comprised  of a 2 week video workshop for artists, a lecture at the Indus Valley School called 'Sculpture of the Screen' and Beacon House National University Lahore. In UK they run which is an artist run project space which expands and examines film within contemporary arts practice.

The two artists worked intensively in Karachi and also filmed for their ongoing cross cultural video project.


Farhana Syeda: Artist in Residence, Dhaka - Oct-Nov 2007

VASL's present artist in residence Farhana Syeda is from Bangladesh and works with communities. She uses black and white photography and multiple exposures to document narratives. She will present her works at The Second Floor, Tuesday, 20th of November 2007, 5 pm Karachi. Farhana:

Supported by Common Wealth.


International Artists' Workshop, Lahore and Karachi Dates

Due to political unrest in Pakistan the upcoming International Artists' Workshop dates have been postponed subject to elections.

As soon as things get stable new dates will be put up on the website and also announced through the newsletter. The applications received already will be part of the selection process. Download Application and send with your 12 recent work images and CV to Karachi:  Lahore :

Deadline: Ongoing


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Artists in the Network and beyond


Rashid Rana:

Double Solo Show in Mumbai

There will be two new, simultaneously running solo shows at Gallery Chemould and Gallery Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, opening from the 7th of November and continuing till December.

Solo Show At Gallery Art & Public-(Cabinet P.H.)

A solo exhibition of Rashid Rana’s recent works is going to be opening at Pierre Huber’s Gallery Art & Public in Geneva, Switzerland from the 6th of December onwards.

Rashid Rana record sale at Christies NY: His piece ' A Day in the Life of a Landscape' was sold for US $1340000/- at Christie's NY.


Bani Abidi : Toronto and NY

TPW Gallery, Toronto

The Boy Who Got Tired of Posing - Bani Abidi

ACAFNY, Simulasian: Refiguring 'Asia" for the 21st Century, Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Nov 9-12


Imran Qureshi: London

For his first solo exhibition in the UK, Qureshi presents a selection of recent miniatures from his ongoing series

Moderate Enlightenment together with a new wall painting which he will create especially for the Lower Gallery.


Naiza H Khan at Aicon: London

Naiza will be showing new drawings and 3D works alongside Ahmed Ali Manganhar, Ijazul Hasan and Sana Arjumand

Aicon Gallery, UK


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Artists In Diaspora


Urban Myths & Modern Fables: Australia

was an exhibition from 25 September to 26 October of new work in contemporary art by artists of Indian and Pakistani background, working in Australia and the international Diaspora at the University of Technology Sydney.


Shazia Sikander and Ambreen Butt: at Global Feminisms, Wellesley - US

Venue: The Davis Museum and Cultural Center - Wellesley College campus, 106 Central Street in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Dates: September 19 - December 9, 2007


Shazia Sikander at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Dates: 27 November 2007 until 17 February 2008.

Talk: Shahzia Sikander will discuss her work in conversation with MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent on Wednesday 28 November at 6pm.



Asma Shikoh - NY

Artist's Panel at School of Visual Arts, NYC called "Conversations with Muslim Women" on October 12th.

Group Show November 10 - December 2, 2007. Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art  

at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center. NYC

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Galleries and Exhibitions




Green Cardamom, UK


Green Cardamom runs a public projects programme where it collaborates with public museums and galleries to realise art projects, publications and exhibitions. It will now also run a separate gallery programme where it represents artists largely from Pakistan and also from South and Central Asia and the Middle East. The organisation’s gallery programme is based in London and it collaborates with galleries elsewhere to offer its artists a wider viewership.  Green Cardamom is supported by the Rangoonwala Foundation.

Green Cardamom moves into a permanent gallery space in London on November 1:

5a Porchester Place, London W2 2BS - (nearest tube station Marble Arch)

Gallery timings: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5.30 pm , Saturdays 11am – 2pm


Gallery Exhibitions: 

October 23: New Works by Ali Kazim in association with VM Gallery, Karachi

November 15: Rustum: Paintings by Khadim Ali, Green Cardamom, London

November 15: Works by Mahbub Shah, in association with Nature Morte, New Delhi


Public projects: 

Ali Kazim: a mid-career survey

Cartwight Hall Gallery, Bradford, UK, Dates: December 3, 2007 - March 3, 2008,

Co-curated by Green Cardamom and Cartwright Hall Gallery.

Beyond the Page continues its tour of the UK, moving from Birmingham’s MAC gallery to open at Huddersfield Art Gallery on November 10. Artists are Hamra Abbas, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Aisha Khalid, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Hasnat Mehmood, Imran Qureshi, Rashid Rana and Usman Saeed.

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Galleries - Pakistan

       November:              6th - 15th                     Masuma Halai Khwaja

                                        20th - 30th                   Sabia (from India)        
       December :            4th - 13th                         Imran Qureshi
                                  18th - 27th                        Hajra Mansur




          December :          5th - 19th                   Naseer Ahmed      


        November:                 27th                   Dr.Fatima Zahra Hasan (Miniature)

December :               18th                 Mohammad Eunus from Bangladesh


·       INDUS Gallery, Karachi  

        November:          24 th                        Mobeena Zuberi      


        December :        2nd week                  Iqbal Durrani                    

·        ROHTAS Gallery, Lahore



· ROHTAS GALLERY, Islamabad,

· NAIRANG, Lahore,

· GULMOHAR  Karachi, 

· KHAS GALLERY, Islamabad,





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Art resources and useful links


10th Istanbul Biennial 2007

More than 100 artists and groups from 35 countries with more than 150 projects. 8 September - 4 November 2007

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