Pakistan’s Guardians Of Culture

By Sonya Rehman Running for three consecutive days, the popular Daachi Exhibition, held by the Lahore-based not-for-profit, Daachi Foundation, came to a close last evening. Launched in 2009, the foundation was initiated with the main aim of promoting local arts and crafts in a bid to preserve the country’s rich heritage and culture. And since…

The Woman Behind TheJamJar

By Sonya Rehman Dubai-based Hetal Pawani is the Director of the well-known art space, thejamjar, established in 2005, that offers artist residencies, art workshops, performances, screenings, art sessions for children and more. This week, Hetal speaks with Masala! Magazine about thejamjar, Artinthecity – a fantastic art project she spearheaded a few years ago and the…

Meeting the Master of Fresco Art in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Through the waiting area, past the main desk, and up the stairs, the SEFAM office (on Waris Road, in Lahore, Pakistan) is in full swing. It’s a huge floor with endless rows of desks. Amidst rolls of fabric in various patterns and hues, young designers are hard at work on their computers….

The Return of Pakistan’s Premier Theater Group

By Sonya Rehman In the closing months of this year, after a seven-year hiatus, the family-run Rafi Peer Theater Workshop (RPTW), Pakistan’s best-known theater group, has put on a number of festivals at public locations in both Lahore and Islamabad. With the beautiful Mystic Music Sufi Festival, the Youth Performing Arts Festival, and the Dance…

Her Quirky Art World

By Sonya Rehman On the surface, Mahnoor Hussain’s contemporary miniature art depicts a world that is ridiculously amusing and tragically hilarious…veering off into a unique brand of nuttiness. However upon closer inspection, Hussain’s paintings point towards grim themes that explore human psychosis: self-delusion, mania, isolation and more. In an interview with Paperazzi, the immensely talented…

Pakistan: A Revolution in the Arts?

By Sonya Rehman Meet Shoaib Iqbal, a young Pakistani working to trigger a nationwide revolution in the arts. “The Little Art,” Iqbal’s brainchild, is a non-profit that works with public and private schools across Pakistan to equip children (irrespective of caste, creed and color) with the leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence they need…

From War came Art

By Sonya Rehman I realize this has been said/written about before, but the ‘war on terror’ (and what followed, till date) has made Pakistan an intriguing, exciting country for foreigners to understand and discover. Fashion shows, literature festivals, theatre festivals and cultural exchange programs are being initiated, planned, rolled out and hosted regularly. Think about…

Journeys on Canvas

By Sonya Rehman Vivid, dramatic colours, a Maharani, a tiger, a fox, and Moroccan rose sellers – Shirin Sahba, an artist based in China, produces art that is dreamy and ethereal. Her series of paintings have a certain, enchanting quality about them – they appear as faraway stories, set in distant lands, faceless characters and…

Shades of Grey

By Sonya Rehman Situated in suburban Lahore, ‘Grey Noise’ (a relatively new art gallery in the city) is displaying Shahlalae Jamil’s first solo exhibition (in Pakistan) and is running from the 13th to the 31st of January. The sky is overcast, its expectant belly full. It’d been drizzling a while ago and the gravel beneath…