Narratives in colour

Art July 20, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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Mixed media works by six contemporary Pakistani artists are on show at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Bangkok art lovers have an all too rare an opportunity to view a collection of contemporary work from Pakistan this month, as the Pakistan Embassy celebrates the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries by hosting the exhibition “The Colour of the Narrative” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

Curated by Salima Hashmi, the show features sculptures, photography, digital works, acrylics and miniature paintings by Naiza Khan, Adeela Suleman, Ayesha Durrani, Muhammad Atif Khan, Abdullah Syed, Imran Mudassar and Saba Khan.

The exhibition seeks to embrace some of this diversity and showcases both younger and mid-career artists. The thematic premise dwells on what Pakistan implies to the insider as well as the insiders’ response to that implication. In other words, the work reflects the turmoil of conflict, which exists alongside the resilience and spirit of the people. The artistic commentary encompasses both the sadness of loss as well as the passion that enriches life.

To promote contemporary art in Pakistan, last weekend curator Salima Hashmi gave a talk on “The Evolution of Pakistani Art”, while Ayesha Durrani hosted a workshop on miniature painting.

“The Colour of the Narrative” is an endeavour to bring the two peoples closer through the medium of art. Undoubtedly, it will help reinforce our tradition friendship and its transformation into a strong partnership in all areas of common interest,” notes Sahail Mahmood, ambassador of Pakistan to Thailand.

The show ends on Sunday.