US initiative on Education may soften strain ties

USAID signs 7 MoUs with Pak Universities Sana Jamal  Islamabad – While Pakistan-United States strategic relations continue to remain strained, cooperation in the field of education continues to grow. To reaffirm the support, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed on Wednesday between seven universities of Pakistan and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The signing…

‘No story is worth dying for’

Journalists safety must be top priority  Islamabad – Safety of journalists should be the top priority for media industry as well state institutions to ensure the freedom of media in Pakistan. Speakers warned that competitive pressures can force reporters to take unnecessary risks, but journalists must remember a cardinal rule of journalism: no story is…

Zulfi’s realist paintings on display at Tanzara Gallery

Tanzara Art Gallery’s latest exhibition that opened on Thursday features contemporary realist paintings of Zulfiqar Ali Zulfi, who has wonderfully captured landscapes, and urban scenes. The art exhibition of the Lahore based artist comprises of 31 paintings, which flawlessly reflect the serenity of the rural side of Lahore as well as the vibrancy of the…

Japan’s Hidden Beauty revealed in pictures

Islamabad – Black-and-white photographs of Kijuro Yahagi, a Japanese photographer, may not have the eye-catching luster, but the pictures reveal Japan’s true beauty hidden in nature. The window to Japan’s beauty is accessible for Pakistanis, as the photographs by Kijuro Yahagi have been put on display at National Art Gallery, Pakistan National Council of Arts…

Flowing Colours to make waves in Islamabad

“Bahtay Rang” opens at Gallery Louvre  To the good fortune of art lovers of Islamabad, Gallery Louvre is continually introducing innovative artwork from different regions of the country. The latest inductions are from two major cosmopolitan cities of Pakistan, Karachi and Lahore. The art exhibition titled “Bahtay Rang” features effervescent canvases of Khusro Sabzwari and…

Travelling Art Exhibition fascinates Youth

The Public Art Show at Iqra University, Islamabad is perhaps Pakistan’s first travelling art exhibition, which aspires to draw a new audience towards art, in particular young generation. With this unique and innovative project, the organisers have proved that exclusivity in art is no longer in vogue, and it’s about accessibility nowadays. The exhibition was…

Rhythmic display of Japanese drums and dance

Young Performers captivate the audience   Islamabad – On Friday evening, the Auditorium of National Art Gallery rang with the thunderous drumming and energetic dancing show presented by the Japanese students. The Japanese Musical Performance was an impeccable example of esprit de corps of the Japanese people towards their revival from the devastating Japan Earthquake.…

Pictorial icons of Urban Social Disorder

‘Karachi Kahaniyan’ opens at Khaas Art Gallery Moeen Faruqi’s latest exhibition at Khaas Art Gallery, that opened on Tuesday, precisely captures the consequences of urbanization such as stressful life, social disorder and identity crisis. The rich colours portray the beautification of apparent lives including homes and attires, as one leap towards the urban lifestyle, while…

Sufism showcased in exhibition at Nomad Gallery

Art Exhibition: Colours of love and peace  The challenges of the modern world maybe numerous, but through his vivid artwork, Mohsen Keiany, has offered simply one solution to diverse problems – the message of Sufis. In his latest exhibition at Nomad Art Gallery by Mohsen Keiany, a Britain based Irani artist, has used rich colours,…

Japanese Animation Film Fest in Islamabad

Islamabad – By posing the question, “have you ever wished to go back to the past to change the future?” the Japanese Ambassador Mr. Hiroshi Oe generated a special interest among the audience at the Japanese Animation Film Festival held at National Council of the Arts, Islamabad. Interestingly enough the theme of the first animated…

Winter brings fear and joy

Published in Pakistan Observer (25 Oct. 2011) Sana Jamal  Islamabad – With the first chilling winds of the season, the cold weather has made its presence felt in the capital city quite raucously, sending alarm and fear for have-nots and delight for haves. Those who can afford it, have already prepared for the season, and…

Hajra Mansur’s enchanting Art Exhibition

Painting exhibition of ‘Safeer-e-Mashriq’   Islamabad – Exquisitely delightful is perhaps the word that best describes the latest exhibition by Hajra Mansur, which opens on 20 October at Nomad Art Gallery in Islamabad. Around 30 art pieces on display endorse that famous Modern Romanticist Hajra Mansur has rightly been awarded the title of Safeer-e-Mashriq (Ambassador…

Asma Arshad Mahmood at left

In search of Cultural Identity – Art exhibition at Hunerkada

A thought-provoking exhibition of drawings, followed by a video presentation was held at Hunerkada Art Gallery on Saturday. The latest art exhibition by Asma Arshad Mahmood, a Toronto-based artist, portrays her effort to connect the dots of identity with lines of culture and origin. Complicated subjects such as politics, religion and history emerge as the…

Gallery Louvre’s vibrant entry in Islamabad

Published in Pakistan Observer (15 Oct. 2011)Sana JamalIslamabad – With the largest solo exhibition of Pakistan’s renowned artist Ahmad Zoay, Gallery Louvre has stepped in Islamabad’s art and culture scene. “Gallery Louvre is a new comer to the capital but has been part of art scene for over a decade” told Salim Lalani, one of…

Artistic dialogue between Berlin and Karachi

Exhibition “Through my Eyes – Soul of Pakistan”  Photograph by Hameed Moinuddin on display at an exhibition “Through my Eyes – Soul of Pakistan”. Islamabad – A photo exhibition titled “Through My Eyes – Soul of Pakistan”, featuring around 50 photographs shot in Karachi by a Pakistani photographer, Hameed Moinuddin were put on display at…

Reflecting Age of Neo-Colonialism through Art

Since Art is considered a reflection of the society, the changing times and consequential circumstances seem to have greatly influenced the artists of our times. One such artist is Amin Rehman, who excels in employing textual expression in his artwork. Amin’s latest art exhibition titled ‘White Wash: Art in the Age of Neo-Colonialism’ opened at…