In 2007, Pakistan heard the tragic news of the death of one of its most prominent artist, Ismail Gulgee – a murder, no less, in his own house. His death is a mystery that
There is a strange comfort in reading the poems of Eunice de Souza, particularly on days that bring despair and isolation. In her razor-sharp, no-nonsense style, she articulates a fiercely independent code of survival
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There are many writers we encounter who dabble in the arts, and many artists whose meditations we fondly read – drawing connections between the subconscious of the artist and their thoughts in different mediums.
It is impossible to imagine a time when photography was an uncommon activity, much less an uncommon profession. Photographs were rare – planned and posed for with careful thought and consideration. To be able
To know and appreciate a piece of art, do we need to know the inner and outer workings of an artist?
Does an artist’s reputation necessarily precede their work or colour our understanding of it?
Artist Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi (1930-1987) was born Amroha, a North Indian town, into a family of Quranic scribes. Post partition, he moved to Pakistan where he ushered in the renaissance of Islamic calligraphy.
Modernism in Pakistani art is said to have been heralded by Zubeida Agha’s first solo show in Karachi in 1949. Agha (1922-1997) was then a young woman – one who had studied political science
An artist’s public persona – their speeches, interviews or written works – often comes to define their intellectual or artistic image. Therefore, any artefact that offers a glimpse of their personal life becomes a
Parijat was the nom de plume of a Nepali writer, Bishnu Kumari Waiba – parijat, a type of jasmine that flowers at night. Her most acclaimed publication was the novel ‘Shiris Ko Phool’ (The