Faculty Mentoring Workshop

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

January 9 – January 14, 2017

conducted by Dr. Iftikhar Dadi, Dr. Will Glover, Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, Dr. Yasufumi Nakamori 

During the 9th of January – 14th of January 2017, the IVS Gallery, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Sub held the event: ‘Photography in Gendai 1968, Year Zero in Contemporary Photography’ by Dr Yasufumi Nakamori held at the IVS Gallery on January 9th, 2017.

Following the success of the first faculty mentoring workshop in December 2015, the Vasl Artists’ Association and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture organised a second workshop aimed to develop critical skills for faculty members in the field of visual arts and cultural studies. The workshop recognises cultural and visual analysis as salient in the knowledge of history and the current circumstances of not just the Pakistani society but beyond. Vasl along with the conductors, designed a week long workshop which was intended at assisting junior and mid-career faculty members in the field of art and theory. This was done in order to enhance their teaching qualities and develop their curriculums.The participants comprised of faculty members from various education sectors across Pakistan. These classes were focused on aiding the participants to develop their own modules as well as, being proficient in educating at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, equipping them with frameworks useful in furthering their individual research projects. Included in these workshops were perusal of sin theory and practice, academic exercises on addressing classroom dynamics. Dr Yasufumi Nakamori held a gripping guest lecture on photography. The seminar not only gave importance to individual studio practices, it also focused on methodological questions regarding history and theory that were proved useful for participant’s independent artistic practices in tandem to their teaching commitments.

Participants : Maliha Naveed, Karachi, Omer Wasim, Karachi, Sadia Salim, Karachi, Uzma Noor, Karachi, Waheeda Baloch, Jamshoro, Muhammad Umer Rehman, Karachi, Mariyam Nizam, Karachi, Anushka Rustomji, Lahore, Mahwish Rasool, Karachi, Zohaib Zuby, Karachi, Amna Chaudhry, Karachi, Tazeen Hussain, Karachi, Qazi Fazli Azeem, Karachi, Muhammad Ashraf, Lahore.

Visiting professor and instructor for the Faculty Mentoring Workshop 2017; Dr. Iftikhar Dadi, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Cornell University, USA. Dadi is a critically acclaimed researcher on modern and contemporary art and has written and contributed towards numerous publications some of which include; Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010),  the monograph Anwar Jalal Shemza (2015) and Lines of Control (2012)

Visiting professor and instructor for the Faculty Mentoring Workshop 2017, Dr. William Glover, Associate Professor at the Department of History  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr Glover’s research interests include South Asian colonial and post-colonial urban and cultural history, social theory, and the material culture of built environments. He is the author of Making Lahore Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City (2008) which won the 2008 American Institute of Pakistan Studies Junior Book Award. 

Visiting professor and guest presenter for the Faculty Mentoring Workshop 2017, Dr. Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor of anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the South Asia Institute. Dr Asdar Ali is the author of Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves (2002) and has co-edited Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa (2008) and Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia (2009).

Visiting guest presenter for the Faculty Mentoring Workshop 2017, Dr. Yasufumi Nakamori, Associate Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dr. Nakamori is currently the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s museum curator of photography and new media. Dr. Nakamori is also an associate curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where he organized the exhibition “For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979” in 2016.