Eighth Garden is a utopian space that one desires to be in, a safe haven for the practitioners of conventional arts and crafts. The garden is an ever-changing entity, plants grow, yield flowers and fruits. They wilt and die and new seeds are sown and tendered. Similarly, art practices are adopted, they are appropriated they become tradition only to be replaced by the new and the novel; the modern. The exhibition that remained open till 20th Feb, 2020 showcased works of seasoned artists including, Risham Syed, Masooma Syed, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Sania Samad, Humaira ABID, Usman Saeed and Asif Sharif. It also provides a platform for the younger, promising lot of Lahore art scene like Faseeh Saleem, Sadqain, Sameen Agha, Shuja ul Haq and Shahzad Ali to display their artworks for the ever- growing audience of art in the historical city of Lahore.
The debate between the Modern and the Traditional is never-ending as it refuses to come to grips with the colonial experience. The Subcontinent went through a paroxysm of reconstruction after the destructive conquests in the 18th century. To be modern meant the submission to and aping the ruling British and the yearning for freedom led to the clutching of the traditional modes that then gave meaning to life. This tug-of-war tore the soul apart. Art in its widest manifestation, painting, poetry or others, gave play to this struggle over the years since independence. The exhibition shows the vitality and relevance of the endeavor to find meaning in today’s maelstrom of existence in countries that have experienced the colonial yoke.
The Institute for Art and Culture is happy to host the exhibition, as it is relevant to the Institute’s search for an expression that moves forward combining knowledge as it has come down to us through the centuries with what the present day science and technology have to offer. The arts and crafts of Pakistan are a rich mining field, a nourishing soil where new forms and ideas may sprout.
I would like to recognize the curator Sadia Pasha and her team for this exhibition which has been organized as a Collateral Event of LB2-02
I wish the exhibition all success in promoting new avenues and ideas in Art.
Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal
Institute for Art & Culture.
The Institute for Art and Culture (IAC) held a History exhibition on 9 January, 2019. The exhibition displayed students work for the course, ‘History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism’, taught by Ar. Pervaiz Vandal, Ar. Mehwish Abid, Ar. Sanya Jafri, Ar. Salman Basharat. The exhibition was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of IAC, Prof. Sajida Vandal.
The exhibition is based on observational and inquiry based practices carried out by students in the form of various history assignments with Lahore as a case study. The objective was to sharpen students’ understanding of the present in a holistic and integrated format, whereby they appreciate the unfolding of the history’s dynamics with particular reference to Lahore
and Pakistan. The course covered the immediate past since 1947 of the newly formed state and complexities of its architectural identity. The exhibition reflected the art and architecture in Pakistan, growth of cities, technological developments, and the social complexities that prevailed at the time and the influences that led to a variety of architecture.
The exhibition explores the present maelstrom of cultural dilemmas in Pakistan that have come to us through a historical evolution of thousands of years. Its study holds the key for our future clarity and understanding of our history. Students were required to spend time in their neighborhood and become fully aware of their present realities and identify the three typologies of urban networks present in Lahore. This was done to understand how to unfold history of the sub-continent focusing on the issues faced by the current state. They documented their research by making journals, sketches, writing and photographic data during their visits to various sites in the city.
The Little Art organized an exhibition of 9th ArtBeat – National Child Art Competitions & Exhibitions in Lahore. The ceremony was organized at the Institute for Art and Culture (IAC) Lahore. The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal – Vice Chancellor Institute of Art & Culture and Alex Colliex – National Museum of Modern Art Paris France, and prominent guests included RM Naeem – Painter and Teacher NCA, Shireen Bano Rizvi – Visual Artist and Teacher at NCA, Irfan Gul – Curator at O’Art Space and Teacher at NCA, Zafar Iqbal – Dean Institute for Art and Culture, Rabiya Asim – Artist and Teacher at NCA and Zil-e-Batool – Associate to Dean- School of Visual Arts and Design at BNU. This year we invited children and young people to explore “diversity” in their own unique ways. We wanted to talk about diversity in all ways and forms, such as cultural, natural, colors, languages, gender, religion, and ethnicity. This year we have received artworks from 205 schools from across the country and 39 community organizations. Our jury consisted of esteemed painters, artists, and teachers such as; R.M. Naeem (Artist and Art Educator), Abdul Jabbar Gull (Sculptor and Painter) Shireen Bano Rizvi (Visual Artist and Art Educator) and Muhammad Sajjad Akram(Visual Artist and Art Educator). We organize three exhibitions of selected artworks in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad. 255 artworks will be displayed in total this year. The selected winners from the competition will be awarded cash prizes worth Rs. 1,00,000 and certificates at the opening event. A curated show of over 255 artworks will be presented at the exhibition at the gallery in the Institute for Art and Culture in Lahore and the show will be open to the public. ArtBeat – National Child Art Competition and Exhibitions is a project of The Little Art which was initiated in 2012 with a vision to promote visual culture, understanding of issues among children and youth from their own perspective, celebrate children as artists and present children’s view as a point of discourse for adults and community.