The NuktaArt Team
NuktaArt was co-founded in 2005 by Niilofur Farrukh, Rumana Husain, Amra Ali and Sabiha Imani – all based in Karachi, Pakistan.
The template design of NuktaArt is by Sabiha Imani.
The many dimensions of Niilofur Farrukh’s career in the visual arts include art criticism, art history, curatorial work, art education and art activism.
Her book Pioneering Perspectives (Ferozsons Pvt Ltd) was published in 2006.
Through the 1990s she contributed regularly to Newsline and has written for national and international journals. She writes a monthly column, Critical Space for Gallery @ Dawn and contributes regularly to the editorial pages of the daily Dawn.
Niilofur Farrukh is regularly invited to present papers at national and international seminars on art and art criticism. The most recent being an International Conference of Islamic Arts and Architecture in Lahore, Pakistan in November, 2008. As a curator she has to her credit national shows like the Takhti Show (Laal Foundation); Uraan (in collaboration with Zenaini Gallery); Maati ki Sargoshi (ASNA); Journeys with Clay (ASNA) and the ASNA Clay Triennial 2000, 2003 and 2006; Articulating the Subtext (Alliance Francaise, Karachi) and Hasan Kuzagar Kay Naam (National Art Gallery).
Through the 1990s she headed the Dept of Communication Design at IVSAA and is the former Dean of the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Karachi. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the State Bank Museum, Karachi and former member of the Curatorial Committee of National Art Gallery, Islamabad.
She is currently the President of AICA Pakistan, chapter of International Art Critics Association, Paris and co-founder of ASNA, an organization committed to build linkages between traditional craft and contemporary art.
Senior Editor, NuktaArt
A graphic designer by training, Rumana Husain’s career has traversed multiple fields. A common thread has been her ability to promote social awareness, education, and the arts, particularly amongst children and young adults.
Rumana Husain writes on visual and performing arts for the local press. Currently, she is working on a book on the lifestyles of Karachi’s various communities. She was the Director of the Book Group, a publishing company for children’s books, which she had co-founded. She has authored and illustrated over forty children’s books and dozens of teacher’s guides for different publishers, including the Book Group, Oxford University Press and Danesh Publications.
She has taught courses on book illustration for three consecutive years at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture. She was Headmistress and later Vice Principal of the CAS School from 1986 to 1996. Since 2001, she worked as Head, Activism and Outreach at the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR).
In 2001 Rumana Husain was on the curatorial team for the Takhti exhibition, and in 2002 she produced and directed a documentary film, Breaking the Mould, profiling Pakistani women working in different fields. She has curated a traveling poster exhibition, Women @ Work, on the same theme.
Her wall hangings for the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, her giant appliqué murals for the IUCN office in Karachi, called Pakistan’s Endangered Flora and Fauna and The World of Nature that hangs in the lobby of the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland, and three series on art and architecture for a local television channel, are a few examples of her other activities.
Senior Editor, NuktaArt
Amra Ali is an art critic and researcher. She studied studio arts and art history at the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1985, and was a Nieman Affiliate at Harvard University (2001-002). The focus of her writings has been to understand the critical issues and context of contemporary art in Pakistan, and the role of the Pakistani diaspora in the emergence of new identities.
Amra Ali began writing art reviews for the Frontier Post, Peshawar in the early 90’s, and has contributed to Star, Gallery @ Dawn, Friday Times, and Newsline, besides contributing to Art India and Circa. She currently contributes to Encore, The News.
She is Secretary of the Pakistan section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA, Paris). As Secretary AICA Pakistan, she was on the coordination team for the international seminar “Mapping the Change”, and on the curatorial team for the Takhti exhibition, in 2001.
She has been guest lecturer on Art History at the Central Institute of Arts & Crafts, and the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, besides teaching A’ Levels art at the Lyceum.
In 2006, Amra Ali was invited by the Mohile Parekh Center for the Visual Arts, in Mumbai, India, to present a paper on the theme of ‘Multiple Cultures in a Globalizing World’. In 2007, she was part of an international team of editors and curators invited to Documenta 12, in Kassel, Germany, by the German Foreign Office and the Goethe Instiute, Pakistan. In 2008, she was on the coordination committee of a regional seminar, The Anxious Century, in Karachi, and presented a paper on the subject of Multiple Modernities, titled: Multiple identities: sites of subordination or negotiation?
Business / Admin Manager
Seema Usman has a degree in French from Paris, a diploma in bookkeeping from the UK, and is a certified Montessori teacher. For the last 6 years she was working as an administrator with a private school: Froebel Education Centre. Seema has worked with all the members of the NuktaArt team before as a coordinator for the Takhti, Asna and Uraan projects.
Editorial Design (2005-2007, 2010)
Editorial / Website Design (2008-2009)
Adnan Lotia is a freelance graphic designer living and working in Karachi. He received an undergraduate degree from New York University and graduate training from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He teaches art and design in his spare time.