07 November, 2009

Hanging Fire - NY

Hanging Fire:
Contemporary Art from Pakistan

10 September 2009
- 3 January 2010

New York's "Hanging Fire" exhibition presented by the Asia Society and curated by acclaimed scholar Salima Hashmi is an important and ambitious raising of the curtain on what is an entire cabaret of Pakistani artists, both established and emerging, that are making their way onto the international stage. Artists investigating the fracturing of traditions and ideologies, as well and the spectre of terror; artists who personally and creatively must contend with an influential past and an especially uncertain future. Showcasing fifteen leading artists - Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Imran Qureshi, Anwar Saeed, Rashid Rana, Naiza Khan, Huma Mulji, Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi, Asma Mundrawala, Ayaz Jhokio, Ali Raza, Mahreen Zuberi, Adeela Suleman, Arif Mahmood and Faiza Butt - this prestigious exhibition gives viewers a taste of Pakistan's rich expressive potential. All these artists have drawn on issues which move and shake them daily. Their responses - often subtle, humorous, theatrical - can be described as a kind of defence mechanism from within a politically and culturally charged creative space.

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