Virtual- Event - Prof Salima Hashmi - Rumours of Spring: Some reflections on Pakistani Contemporary Art

News 17th September 2020

Prof Salima Hashmi South Asia Foundation-Pakistan
This event was live streamed on the Institute's FB page: ISASatUCBerkeley
Abstract: At the inauguration of the National Art Gallery in Islamabad in 2007, some one remarked that the excellence of Pakistani art was perhaps it's most closely guarded secret. More than two decades later, against a tumultuous political back drop, Pakistani artists continue to surprise the art world with works of great diversity, brimming with ideas and fearlessness.   Recent years have seen a mushrooming of art schools, artists studios, galleries and interventions in public spaces.  While Pakistani artists in the diaspora have become well known internationally, it is younger artists emerging from across the country who have   produced some of the most fertile ideas in a range of genres. There have also been collaborations across disciplines which are thoughtful and relevant to Pakistani society today. The talk will attempt to talk about a few of these new practices alongside dwelling on some of the eminent names.

Speaker Bio
Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also Principal of the College. The Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as Inaugural International Fellow, for distinguished service to art and design education in 2011. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University in 2016. She is Council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. The Govt. of Pakistan honored her with the Pride of Performance Award in 1999 for her services to the nation.

More about Dr. Hashmi on her wiki page HERE.

Recorded Video can by accessed  on  Institute for South Asia Studies