Italian Friends of The Citizens Foundation and Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini present Art for Education: Contemporary Artists from Pakistan – the first group exhibition of contemporary Pakistani art to be held in an Italian museum. Through the universal language of art, the show supports The Citizens Foundation, a non-governmental and non-profit Pakistani organization which has been promoting quality education in Pakistan since 1995, with a particular focus on female education.
Hosted by and organized in partnership with Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini in Milan, the exhibition is curated by Salima Hashmi – artist, art critic and intellectual among the most influential in Pakistan – and Rosa Maria Falvo, an Italian-Australian art critic, curator and writer. On display will be the works of sixty internationally renowned and emerging Pakistani artists – the latter selected through a competition held by Italian Friends of TCF in 2017. Many of them are long-time supporters of The Citizen Foundation and each of them gifted an art work for the exhibition, with the purpose of raising funds for the Pakistani NGO.
The main theme of the project is that from which the exhibition itself takes its title, Art for Education; indeed education is the driving force behind The Citizens Foundation and represents a universal value for individual and collective growth. Education and artistic creation reflect the cultural heritage of Pakistan and have always been closely connected. Many of the artists on show are or have been teachers and mentors for their students even outside the university setting, proving that art can be an effective means of expressing the needs and criticisms of a society, and in fact become their showcase.
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, on October 17th at 6.30 pm at the Museo Diocesano, curators Salima Hashmi and Rosa Maria Falvo will hold a dialogue on contemporary Pakistani art, while a meeting on November 20th (6.30 pm, Museo Diocesano) will focus on “Women of Pakistan: context, expressions, transformations” with the experts Elisa Giunchi (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Anna Vanzan (Università degli Studi di Milano e di Pavia).
In their work, the Pakistani artists deal with contemporary topics from their particular point of view, with the sensitivity and nuance that only those who experience everyday life in Pakistan can have.
In contrast with many widely held beliefs about the country, Pakistan is experiencing a great cultural and artistic ferment that coexists with a contradictory and onerous history made of divisions, dictatorship and the “Muslim dream” that has transformed the industrial capital, Karachi, into one of the most multi-ethnic and populous cities of the world with its 23.5 million inhabitants.
Curator Salima Hashmi offers to us an accurate and stimulating snapshot of Pakistani art today when she writes: “It’s odd that the worse things are, the better art becomes.” Pakistani art is often closely related to artistic and individual freedom and the possibility of self-expression, even in conditions that are not always favorable to freedom of thought. It is nuanced and refined, strongly symbolic and suggestive, reflecting the contradictions of today’s society. At the same time, it is revolutionary because it speaks softly and yet, powerfully. It projects beyond borders, preserving idealism and passion, and celebrating the country’s heritage.
Art for Education
Contemporary Artists from Pakistan
Curated by Salima Hashmi and Rosa Maria Falvo
17th October- 25th November 2018
Milan, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini (entrance from Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, 3)
Opening 16th October 2018 – 6.30 pm (entrance from Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95)
17th October 6.30 pm Dialogue on contemporary Pakistani art with curators Salima Hashmi and Rosa Maria Falvo (entrance from Corso di Porta Ticinese, 95)
20th November 6.30 focus on “Women of Pakistan: context, expressions, transformations” with experts Elisa Giunchi – Università degli Studi di Milano and Anna Vanzan – Università degli Studi di Milano and Pavia. (entrance from Corso di Porta Ticinese 95)
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Salima Hashmi, artist and painter, is one of the most influential and respected art curators in Pakistan. Daughter of Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and journalist and English activist Alys Faiz, Salima was born in New Delhi in 1942 in a family with strong political awareness and civic engagement. Her father, Urdu and Marxist poet, imprisoned several times for his political views, left India after the division of 1947 when the family settled in Lahore.
After finishing her studies in design at Lahore’s National College of Arts (NCA), Salima continued her education in the UK at the Bath Academy of Arts in Corsham, where she graduated in Art Education in 1965 and completed her training at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States.
From 1970, Salima taught at the National College of Arts in Lahore and was Dean from 1995 to 1999. During her 30 years of teaching, Salima became a point of reference for her students, helping to forge a new generation of artists. She currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts, at the new headquarters of Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.
Salima Hashmi has curated many important contemporary art exhibitions in Pakistan and around the world (India, Japan, Europe, the United States and Australia). In 2003 she published Unveiling the Visible: Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan, a book exploring the life and works of 50 Pakistani painters active since the independence. In 2007 she co-authors Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan published by Oxford University Press, a book that traces the strong ties and artistic evolution of the two countries. In 2009 Salima organized the first exhibition of contemporary Pakistani art in the United States at the Asia Society Museum in New York: Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art From Pakistan.
At the same time, Salima affirmed her scouting talent and in 1981 she founded the Rohtas gallery in Islamabad and in 2001 Rohtas 2 in Lahore, where she is still showcasing and supporting emerging artists. In 2014 she published for Penguin Books India The Eye Still Seeks Pakistani Contemporary Art, an overview of Pakistani artistic movements, considered among the most prominent in South Asia.
Her civil commitment is constant: she was a member of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission in 1999 and was awarded the Pride of Performance for Art Education by the Pakistani government. In 2011, the Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) appointed her as an international member for her commitment to education in the field of art and design. In 2016, she was awarded the Alma Award by the Alma Culture Center in Oslo for the promotion of tolerance through the language of art. In the same year Salima received the honorary degree in art and education from the Bath Academy of Arts, UK.
Rosa Maria Falvo Italian-Australian writer, expert and independent curator, specialized in contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific area, editor of the publishing house Skira.
She graduated with honors in English literature at the Monash University in Melbourne and in Art History at the University of Perugia. She travels around the world, works closely with artists, writers, gallerists, collectors, foundations and numerous institutions, curating the design, production and promotion of editorial and exhibition projects.
She is particularly interested in the value of art as a cultural mean for education, exchange and growth. She participates regularly in leading contemporary art fairs, such as the Chobi Mela International Photo Festival and the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh. She is often a guest speaker of prestigious institutions, including Soros Foundation Almaty, Fotografie Museum Amsterdam, Foreign Correspondents’ Club Tokyo, Shanghai & Beijing M Literary Festivals, India Art Fair Delhi, National Geographic Washington DC, Prince Claus Fund Amsterdam, University of Oxford Center for Islamic Studies (OCIS), University of Oxford Brasenose College, New York’s American Institute of Architects, The Photographers’ Gallery London, 21.39 Jeddah Arts, Nanjing International Art Festival, Milan Design Week, Art Dubai and others. She has edited numerous art books and several exhibitions on contemporary Asia Pacific, including “Est di Niente: Contemporary Art from post-Soviet Asia” (Turin 2009), “Rashid Rana” (Chatterjee & Lal / Chemould Mumbai 2010); “Faiza Butt: Pehlwan” (Grosvenor Gallery London 2010); “Shifting Ground: Naiza Khan and Faiza Butt” (Rossi & Rossi Hong Kong 2011); “Shahidul Alam: My Journey as a Witness” (Wilmotte Gallery London 2011); “Fahd Burki” (Gray Noise Gallery Dubai 2013); “Lifeblood: Photographers in Bangladesh” (Dhaka Art Summit 2014); Luciano Benetton’s Imago Mundi Oceania Collections (Australia 2015; New Zealand 2016; Netherlands 2016; Fiji & Solomon Islands 2018). Rosa is a member of the advisory committee for:
PCF Awards Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, Netherlands;
Augment Art Fund in Paris, France;
VASL Artists’ Association in Karachi, Pakistan.
Dialogue on contemporary Pakistani art November 16th 2017 | Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini in Milan
The first presentation of the project and the announcement of the winners of the Pakistani Emerging Artists Competition took place on 16th November 2017 at the Museo Diocesano, with the participation of Faiza Butt, one of the greatest contemporary Pakistani artists, Rosa Maria Falvo, critic and Italian writer, co-curator for the exhibition, and Adriana Polveroni, artistic director of ArtVerona, who moderated the meeting. Download the Press Release
In the contest of the exhibition Art for Education, Contemporary Artists from Pakistan, IFTCF with the support of Banco BPM organized the meeting EAST MEETS WEST, which took place on 17th May 2018 at 6.30 pm at Museo Poldi Pezzoli (Via A. Manzoni, 12 Milan).
With the moderation of Matteo Bergamini, Exibart Director, the emerging Pakistani artists Amber Hammad, Mahbub Jokhio, Unum Babar and Matt Kushan and their mentor artists Letizia Cariello, Cesare Pietroiusti and Tobia Ravà have talked about the “Poggio Verde” artistic residency. Download the Press Release