VASLNewsletter Online                                                                                                                                     Issue # 012, May - July 2008



Welcome to VASL Newsletter Online #12


We bring an Online tour of 'Desperately Seeking Paradise' - from the Pakistan Pavilion of ArtDubai 2008. This was a key event in terms of representing a slice of contemporary art from Pakistan. Dubai, as a new art center in the region, is at an interesting point in its growth. It potentially has a key role in defining an emerging dialogue between artists in this region. Contemporary art from Pakistan will certainly make its mark in the coming years!


Vasl in partnership with other Triangle workshops in the region - Khoj, Britto, Theertha, Sutra-  is launching 'Six degrees of Separation'.  This will be a show in five locations, marking 10 years of Triangle workshops in South Asia. Connect to our website for updates.


We encourage our readers to keep visiting our website for news and opportunities between the newsletter issues to keep up with the Vasl programs.


For artists working with film and video, we offer editing facilities at the Vasl office at reasonable rates.


'The Diasporics' have been added to the Vasl artists directory and  if you are one of 'them' you are welcome to send in details for your profile at


Your comments at






Diasporics - VASL International Residency

AIW:A, Artists’ International Workshop: Lebanon

The Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2009, Dubai

EASTinternational 2009, UK

Artist's Book Triennial, Lithuania

New York Live- Photography Workshop



VASL- at CIGE, China

VASL - Dubai Art Tour

VASL ART Services

Khayal Khana

VASL Open Day: Manish Lal Shrestha


Artists in the Network and beyond

Ayaz Jokhio

Rashid Rana

Adeela Suleman

Naiza H Khan

Raania Durrani

Mohammad Zeeshan

Sehar Naveed


Galleries and Exhibitions

Elementa - UAE

Grey Noise, launched - Lahore

Green Cardamom, UK - Projects


Art resources and useful links

Rasheed Araeen

Re-Imagining Asia, Photo Tour

Khor Dubai launched





Diasporics - International Artists' Residency, Karachi, Fall 2008

Five week International Artists' Residency scheduled for late 2008. This residency is centered on artists working in the diaspora.  We are keen to invite applications/proposals from artists of Pakistani, South Asian and Middle Eastern origin, whose art practice is based on ideas of belonging and displacement. More information on our website soon.


Call for Application: AIW:A, Artists’ International Workshop: Aley, Lebanon

This will be the only constraints that participants will have to contend with: the artists will be free to invest in any theme and method they choose, with the possibility of involving other participants in the production and implementation processes. A main goal is for artists to experience various cultural influences and stimulate creative development.

The workshop will bring together 20-25 international artists practicing in a wide variety of media, to work among each other, and share ideas and methods for a period of two weeks in the mountain village of Aley. The provision of a fairly short, intensive spell of working and a space for discussion opens up new ideas and opportunities. A series of invited artists, speakers, performers or curators will visit to take part. At the end of the two weeks, the workshop will host an Open Day, which will invite in the local public, artists and cultural operators to celebrate the developments and results of the workshop..
The workshop will provide the selected artist with full lodging and food, working space, local transportation and a small material stipend. Travel expenses to Lebanon
may also be awarded. Application Requirements -1. Personal Information: name, age, nationality, contact details (address, email and telephone number).
2. 200 words stating interest in applying 3. Bio/Curriculum Vitae 4. Up to 8 digital images of work in JPEG formats (PC and Mac formats), resolution 1024 x 768. Any images above the stated requirement will not be accepted.5. Inventory list of the images sent on MS Word that includes: Title of image, date, dimensions, medium, & explanation (if documentation of installation, performance etc.) 6. All 5 requirements should be limited in one email to: 7. Time based work, such as performance, video, or sound can be sent by DVD by mail to the following address: (please notify by email if sent) Aiwa c/o Lina Hakim POBox: 13-5509 Beirut, LEBANON
For more information: email
Ghassan Maasri Or Lina Hakim

Deadline: Thursday 15 May, 2008.  Dates: 17th of August until the 1st of September 2008.


Call for proposals from curators: The Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2009

The Abraaj Capital Art Prize is designed to raise awareness of innovative and experimental work being created by artists working in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. As well as providing international recognition, the prize will provide the opportunity for artists to work alongside established international curators and to show individual exhibitions of their work in Art Dubai 2009.
Recognised curators from any nationality are invited to submit one or more proposals for separate exhibitions with individual artists currently working in the Middle East, North Africa or South Asia. Each successful proposal will receive up to $200,000 to include production costs, transport and travel for both curator and artist. Included in the budget will be a fee of $15,000 for the curator. The final exhibitions will be shown at Art Dubai in March 2009.

Mail Application to: Abraaj Capital Art Prize P.O. Box 72645 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel. +97 143422395 Email:

Application:  Deadline: Sunday 15 June, 5pm


EASTinternational 2009

EASTinternational is an open submission exhibition that takes place at Norwich School of Art and Design. EAST is part of Contemporary Art Norwich produced by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. This will be the eighteenth year the open submission exhibition will take place and with no restraints made on applicants medium of choice, age or previous exhibiting experience the prize will look once again to democratically reflect what is going on in art now.
Selectors of EAST2009:
Lukasz Gorczyca and Michal Kaczynski, Art & Language.
Conditions of entry: Application fee £15
East 2009 exhibition: 11 July – 22 August 2009
Deadline: Friday 4 July (post marked on, or before 2 July 2008 (UK) 27 June (all other countries)

Artist's Book Triennial
Call for submissions for the 5th International Artist's Book Triennial
Vilnius, Lithuania. Deadline: 15 November 2008.

New York Live-In 5 day Photography Workshop

Live with native New York photographer in the heart of the city! Ron Nicolaysen has 20+ years experience in fashion and art photography.

Bed, breakfast and 5 day workshop included in fee.(2 to 4 students per workshop) Daily location shooting followed by work critique.

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VASL represented at CIGE China

China International Gallery Exposition 2008


VASL - Dubai Art Tour

The Vasl Website now hosts the Pakistan Pavilion works at Dubai Art Fair 2008.


VASL ART Services

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

For details click:


Khayal Khana

A group of fresh graduates have come together to develop 'Khayal Khana', a series of Karachi based public art Projects.

Mariam Ahmed (IVS), Samar Zia(IVS), Sahar Rashid(KU), Sehar Naveed(IVS) and Madiha Suboor (KU). Khayal Khana is primarily geared towards encouraging art appreciation among the masses of Karachi, making art accessible for the masses and responding to the local aesthetics of the city. For more information: 


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 15th June 2008 on Artists in Karachi can also email for a training appointment in Karachi.

The Artists' Directory continues to expand and has 116 artists online by now. Pakistani Masters and the Diasporics section has now been introduced to the Contemporary data base. Visit the directory on this link:


Open Day at Indus Valley School :

Manish Lal Shrestha from Nepal at VASL International Artist Residency, Karachi 2008

Shreshta concluded his 5-week long residency and educational workshop at the Indus Valley School on the 10th of April. 

He shared his work during his stay with an artist talk and then at the end of the residency with the audiences in Karachi.

View works produced:


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Artists in the Network and beyond


Ayaz Johkio - at GASWORKS - supported by Charles Wallace / Rangoonwala, UK

This residency is assisted by Green Cardamom, Vasl and Gasworks. Ayaz Jokhio is a Lahore-based artist from the NCA and has participated in the 'Sohni Dharti Show' curated by VASL in 2007 and has shown work at various international exhibitions.


Rashid Rana: ART Hong Kong 2008

Chemould Prescott Road and Chatterjee & Lal will represent Rashid Rana at Art Hong Kong 2008.

ART HK 08 will take place at the landmark Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. ART HK wil bring together one hundred galleries from 20 countries showing
thousands of works of art - from Andy Warhol to Zhang Xiaogang. Dates:14 – 18 May. and


Adeela Suleman - Barcelona and Aicon, California

LOOP 08 - The LOOP Fair and the Conferences at the Catalonia Ramblas Hotel, Barcelona. Dates: May 8 to 10,
The LOOP Festival will be on from May 6 to 18, Barcelona.


AICON GALLERY, PALO ALTO, California - Adeela Suleman in Group Show - July 2008


Naiza H Khan: Iron Clouds - Solo at Rohtas Gallery-  Lahore and Islamabad

Naiza will show new drawings and object works at Rohtas II, Lahore in May and  Rohtas Islamabad in June 2008.

Sophie Ernst: Lahore - Berlin Workshop UdK, BNU, NCA: Media as a Medium, Dates: 8 - 9 May, Annemarie Schimmerl Haus/ Lahore, University of Fine Arts UdK, Berlin, Dates: 12-20 June UdK, Berlin

With kind support of the Goethe Institut.
Lecture by Sophie Ernst:
21. EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL, Osnabrück// CONGRESS Festival Dates: 23.-27. April 2008
The Congress takes up the subject of "Identity", and reflects this in its lectures.
The Dutch Assist. Prof. at the Academy of Art in Lahore/Pakistan, Sophie Ernst, will talk about the Pakistani art and academy scene.
Exhibition of the 5th. Marl Video Installation Prize - Sophie Ernst's work at Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany                                                                 Dates: 15th June - 10th August 2008


Rannia Durrani at the Goshogawara International Wood fire Festival - Aomori, Japan.

One month intensive residency opportunity at this annual festival for clay artists
(specifically wood firers) each year. Durrani will join fifteen international artists in the programme this year. The residency program includes: wood-firings, lectures, workshops and a final exhibit of works produced.

Dates: 1st to 31st of July 2008.


Mohammad Zeeshan: at ACC Weimar Germany

Zeeshan will start his 4 month residency at Weimar in June this year. The miniature artist attended the Charles Wallace Gasworks residency last year.

Sehar Naveed at Sutra

Sehar Naveed is a recent graduate from Indus Valley School and also a part of the Khayal Khana Team. She will join the painters’ workshop in Sutra Nepal this May.

The 4-week workshop concludes with an open-day.


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Galleries and Exhibitions




Conversations I - ELEMENTA Gallery , Dubai – Co Curated by Quddus Mirza
This show has been curated by Sharmila Samant, Valeria Ibraeva and Quddus Mirza as part of an on going project to help bring about an understanding through the similarities of the cultures rather than the diversities, through the integration of regions and democratization of the cultural space. Artists participating from Pakistan are  Risham Syed, Adnan Madani, Bani Abidi, Nadia Shaukat and Hamra Abbas Dates : 3rd May 2008 - 12 July 2008 Website:

Grey Noise, New Art Representative in Lahore -  launched :


Green Cardamom, UK



Green Cardamom 5a Porchester Place, London W2 2BS. T: +44 207 402 7125


Drawn from Life: Drawing Process

The first in a series of exhibitions on drawing: drawing in different media, inspired by nature. This exhibition focuses on the processes artists use to articulate the essence of their subject. Artists include:  Afsoon, Ayaz Jokhio, Beate Terfloth, Gonkar Gyatso, Hamra Abbas, Mohammad Ali Talpur, Muhammad Zeeshan, Muhanned Cader, Nazgol Ansarinia, Noa Lidor, Rashid Rana, Rehana Mangi and Rohini Devasher. Dates: June  11 –  July 12


Drawn from Life: Drawing Space

The second in the series of drawing exhibitions. Here the curatorial focus is on artists exploring notions of space in nature and of inhabitations of space in their drawing practice. Artists include Hamra Abbas, Muhannad Cader, Nazgol Ansarinia, Noa Lidor, Seher Shah, Sojwal Samant and Zarina. Dates: July 23 – September  27

The London gallery will be closed over August

ART FAIR HK 08, Green Cardamom will be in Hong Kong at Booth no. J08 at the inaugural Art HK08. Artists whose work Green Cardamom is exhibiting include: Afsoon, Ali Kazim,  Faiza Butt , Hamra Abbas, Iftikhar Dadi & Elizabeth Dadi, Khalil Chishtee, Mohammad Ali Talpur, Mahbub Shah, Muhammad Zeeshan, Nazgol Ansarinia, , Noa Lidor, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Ruby Chishti and Yara El-Sherbini. Dates: May 14-18:

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           May :            6th -15th               Roohi Ahmed

                              20th – 29th            Jamil Baloch at Aicon NY (Aicon-Canvas Collaboration)

          June:                26th                    4 Person Miniature Show 

                                                       Amjad Ali Talpur/ Aisha Durrani / Ahsan Jamal/ Sumaira Tazeen 


          May:               14 th                Clay Clan II


          June:             2nd - 7 th             Umar Butt curates Ayaz Jokhio


                              20th - 3rd             Emerging Talent 2008           

·        ROHTAS II,  Lahore,


         May:              6th - 13th              Hasnain Awais and Naveed Sabir



                             16th - 24th            Naiza H Khan



· ROHTAS GALLERY, Islamabad,

· NAIRANG, Lahore,

· GULMOHAR  Karachi, 

· KHAS GALLERY, Islamabad,





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Art resources and useful links


Rasheed Araeen - An Open Letter to Artists in Pakistan

During my last visit to Karachi in during December 2007 and January 2008, Durriya Kazi asked me: 'What can artists do...?' ....


Re-Imagining Asia, Photo Tour
Tour through the exhibition at the House of World Cultures Berlin, 14 March - 18 May 2008



Khor Dubai launched

The Emirate Dubai announced a new gigantic cultural project with museums, galleries, art institutes, theatres, opera house, libraries, etc





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