The New Issue of NuktaArt (Volume 7, Issue 1) is out!
The digital cover design by Sabiha Mohammed Imani is based on Abdullah Qamer's iron sculpture, 'Nucleus', and 'The Inquiry of Art' (installation) by Hasnat Mehmood.
Faiz Art Prize, October 3-9, 2011, Frere Hall, Karachi
Winners of the Faiz Art Prize
The Faiz Art Prize winners of the Postcards to Faiz were awarded at a special Award ceremony on October 9, 2011. Meher Afroz and Ruby Chishti received the jury Prize in the Artists’ category. In the Students’ category, the 1st Prize went to Noureen Rashid (NCA), and three prizes to Uzair Amjad (NCA), Humaira Baloch (University of Sindh, Jamshoro) and
Adnan Mairaj Malik (KU). The distinguished jury comprised of Naazish Atallah, ex-Principal NCA, Lahore, Mussarrat Nahid Imam, Director, National Gallery of Art, Islamabad, Saquib Hanif, Art critic, Karachi, Tariq Rangoonwala, Chair, Rangoonwala Trust, Karachi, and Asif Farrukhi, literary critic, Karachi. The recipients for the Popular Prize, selected by visitors to the exhibition through votes were Sheema Khan (Artists’ category) and Zohra Tanveer (Students’ category).
The Faiz Art Prize is an award of excellence in art, organized by NuktaArt, Aman ki Asha and Progressive Writers’ Association. About 150 artworks in this competition were unveiled in a special ceremony at Gallery Sadequain, Frere Hall, Karachi, on October 3, 2011.
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Hamra Abbas, winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, 2011
Hamra Abbas (b. 1976), from Pakistan, is one of the recipients of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, 2011. The prestigious prize for artists from Middle East, South Asia and North Africa which is exhibited at Art Dubai.
The other winners are: Jananne Al-Ani (Iraq), Shezad Dawood (Pakistan/India), Nadia Kaabi-Linke (Tunisia) and Timo Nasseri (Iran).
mra is currently based in New
but lives and works between Isl
amabad and Boston. She was born in Kuwait and received a BFA and MA in Visual Arts fr
om the National College of Arts, Lahore and Meist
erschueler from Universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin.
Her recent solo exhibition entitled Citys
capes was exhibited at OUTLET Independent Art Space in Istanbul (2010). She was awarded a Jury prize for her work God Grows on Trees at the Sharjah Biennial (2009). This work is a part of the cover image of NuktaArt Vol 5, Issue 2.
Hamra’s art reframes the politics of sex
and religion within the context of its layered dynamics in relationship to globalized identities of ownership and power.
Art Lane gallery opens at Port Grand
On the 30th of October 2010, the Art Lane gallery at Port Grand, Karachi, opened its doors with an inaugural show “Port Harbour: Haven and Sanctuary”.
Works of Abdul Jabbar Gull, Amean Jan, Amin Gulgee, Ammad Tahir, Aashtee Adil, Hina Farooqui, Madiha Aijaz, Muzzamil Ruheel, Shalalae Jamil, Seher Aziz, Sivim A. Naqvi, Tapu Javeri and Zarmine Bilwani were on display in this unique space under the Jinnah bridge.
The Native Jetty Bridge was constructed by British General Sir Charles Napier during the Raj in the 19th century to connect the heart of Karachi with the port area of Ke
amari. Located near the old Napier Mole Bridge, Port Grand has been restored and the Native Jetty Bridge (more popularly known as ‘Netty Jetty’) now can be used as a beautiful walkway by night for the Port Grand’s Food Street.
Art Lane is a part of the Port Grand multi-layered 13 acre public space, which includes the gallery, a Food Street and a shopping and entertainment complex.
Amin Gulgee at the Ostale Contemporary Art Fair, Dresden
Amin Gulgee and German painter Sabine Bachem exhibited their project entitled Garden 17/b* at the 2010 Ostrale Contemporary Art Fair in Dresden, Germany (27th August to 19th September, 2010).
The Jury of the OSTRALE`010 Andrea Hilger, Dr. Martin Müller, Dorota Kabiesz, Jan Heinke und Andreas Hetfeld selected about 150 national and international artists from more than 700 applications.
Amin Gulgee's Photos - Garden 17/b*
Garden 17/b* installation for Ostrale Dresden opening 27th aug
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture for 2010
The prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture for 2010 was announced on November 24 at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
The following five projects were selected by the independent Award Master Jury:
- Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia
- Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
- Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey
- Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China
- A special Chairman’s Award will also be presented to Professor Oleg Grabar, in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the field of Islamic art and architecture.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture established in 1977 identifies and encourages excellence in architecture and other forms of intervention in the built environment of societies where Muslims have a significant presence. The Award is given every three years and recognizes all types of building projects that affect today’s built environment, from modest, small-scale projects to sizable complexes.
Rashid Rana exhibiting sculptures and photomontages
Rashid Rana is exhibiting twenty-seven sculptures and photomontages in his retrospective called “Perpetual Paradox” at the Musée Guimet in Paris (7 July – 15 November 2010)
Born and working in Lahore, Rana is known for documenting paradoxes and contradictions. Rosa Maria Falvo, writing for Nafas Arts Magazine is impressed by the “integrative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative curatorial practice.”
The curator and director of the show, Jacques Gies reports that Rana’s contemporary works successfully integrate with the ancient pieces in the Museum. He describes the reaction to the exhibition:
“It seems this is the first exhibition of this scale in France, certainly for a monographic exhibition. The first ever reactions, including [those] from the staff of the museum, are extremely positive. They see a new step in the policy of the Musée Guimet.”
Art Dubai and NuktaArt
Art Dubai from 17th - 20th March 2010, NuktaArt booth in A area opposite Media Bar
Art Dubai has become the essential gathering place for collectors, artists and art professionals from across the Middle East, South Asia and beyond. Once again, this year, NuktaArt magazine is a Media Partner for Art Dubai, to be held from March 17 to 20, 2010.
The 2010 winning artworks of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize will be unveiled at a special ceremony at Art Dubai. Kader Attia (Algeria), working with curator Laurie Ann Farrell (US), Hala Elkoussy (Egypt) working with curator Jelle Bouwhuis (The Netherlands) and Marwan Sahmarani (Lebanon) with curator Mahita El Bacha Urieta (Spain/Lebanon) have been declared
as the winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize.
Niilofur Farrukh elected as AICA’s first Pakistani Vice President
International Art Critics Association (AICA), Paris, got its first Vice President from Pakistan when Niilofur Farrukh, Founder Editor of NuktaArt was elected at the AICA Congress 2009 in Dublin. During her three year term Niilofur Farrukh will be serving on two AICA Commissions: Freedom Expression and Human Rights and on Copyrights for Art Critics.
Rumana Husain’s book Karachiwala: a subcontinent within a city
Rumana Husain, Founder Senior Editor of NuktaArt’s book, Karachiwala: a subcontinent within a city (www.jaal.org/karachiwala) was launched at the Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi on 24th February at a well-attended event. Amongst coverage of the event in other national newspapers, the daily Dawn reviewed the book; printed an excerpt from the book about Karachi’s Jewish community, titled ‘No More in Karachi’; and also an interview with the author:
Art and Ecological Activism: A Project of NuktaArt, One Mile Square - Mai Kolachi
Mai Kolachi and the environment around its expressway were the locale for One Mile Square (1mile²) Karachi, a project which is an initiative of Visiting Arts UK (www.square-mile.net) and is organized by NuktaArt magazine.
NuktaArt worked with four local artists: Arif Mahmood, Nameera Ahmed, Adeel-uz-Zafar and Fraz Abdul Mateen, assisted by a young art critic, Shahana Rajani, mapping the biodiversity, cultural and aesthetic transformation of the area. The p
roject began on December 1, 2009, and ended on January 30, 2010, with the culmination of a week-long exhibition of the artworks at the Ahmed Pervez Gallery, Arts Council Karachi. Find out more >>