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Asia Society in New York presents the first major U.S. museum exhibition to focus on contemporary art from Pakistan. "The idea for Hanging Fire came from a recognition that over the past decade, a new generation of artists in Pakistan have created compelling works that have largely gone unnoticed outside their country," notes Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu. "The exhibition includes artists for whom the highly charged socio-political context in which they live and work is critical to understanding their art."
To spotlight this vibrant yet little-known contemporary Pakistani art scene, curator Salima Hashmi, who is one of the most influential and well-respected writers and curators in Pakistan, has selected 55 artworks by 15 artists. The exhibition covers a range of subjects and media, from installation and video art to photography, sculpture, drawing, and paintings in the contemporary miniature tradition. Considering the relationship of art education and art practice, the exhibition moreover focuses on the role of the federally funded National College of Arts in Lahore which serves as an influential artistic hub in Pakistan.
Hanging Fire is accompanied by a comprehensive, 160-page research book published by Yale University Press, addressing Pakistan’s political, social, cultural, and art history.
Zahoor ul Akhlaq
Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan
10 Sept. 2009 - 3 Jan. 2010