Contemporary Pakistani Art on Display in New York

New York: An exhibition of Pakistani contemporary art opened at a New York gallery on Thursday in the presence of a large number of art lovers.
‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, the exhibition organized by Dr Atteqa Ali, Professor at the National College of Arts, Lahore, will remain on view at Talwar Gallery till Sept 4. The exhibition features works by eight promising contemporary artists from Pakistan including Hasnat Mehmood, Akbar, Nizakat Ali, Farheen Haq, Ayesha Jatoi, Naiza Khan, Adeela Suleman and Risham Syed.
Speaking about the concept of the exhibition, Atteqa Ali said, “It is a display of artworks that include images of clothing, fabric, and accessories to talk about Pakistani politics, society, and identity.”

Mindful of the fact that the international mass media often portrays Pakistanis in military dress or veiled from head-to-toe, these artists have created paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media artworks that provide a more dynamic vision of Pakistan.
Clothing is symbolic in these pieces; it is associated with distressing societal conditions and current events.
It can also talk about journeys and the intricacy of how ideas and items travel in the globalised world. Altogether, the artists offer stunning works of art that raise important issues in Pakistan and around the world.

 

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