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All Eyes on Pakistan

Join a host of prominent writers and artists from Pakistan to discuss the country’s dynamic contemporary art scene, amongst the most exciting in South Asia. Renowned curator, artist and teacher Salima Hashmi will be in conversation with novelist Kamila Shamsie, art historian, critic and curator Virginia Whiles, and artists Faiza Butt and Naiza Khan.The panel will address how socio-political issues are being identified and expressed through art.

This is part of the launch of a new book called The Eye Still Seeks. Edited by Salima Hashmi and featuring those on the panel alongside many more, the book takes us through the trajectories and practices of some of the country’s leading contemporary artists penned by some of the country’s leading authors and art educators.

A free drinks reception will follow.

This event has been supported by the trustees of the Lahore Biennale Foundation UK chapter and sponsored by the Nauman Taseer Foundation.

The LBF is a new foundation that seeks to be a vehicle for the promotion of the arts in Pakistan in general and Lahore in particular. Through projects and grants the LBF facilitates and provides crucial support for experimental, socially contextualised and independent art projects. The culmination of LBF activities will be the the first ever Lahore Biennale hosted in Pakistan. Importantly, the Lahore Biennale will spearhead an informed contextualising of art in society, thus serving to explore the social function and significance of art.

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May 5, 2016
18:45 - 20:30
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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