Orientation trips
The Mondriaan Fund organises orientation trips for visual artists and mediators to Asia, Latin America and Africa since 2004. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals.

Day 1
Trip to Dubai

Day 2 / Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Saadiyat Cultural District 1, Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The museum was inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The museum is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government. The museum is located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. It is approximately 24,000 square metres (260,000 sq ft) in size, with 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula. The final cost of the construction is expected to be about €600 million. In addition, US$525 million was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name, and an additional US$747 million will be paid in exchange for art loans, special exhibitions and management advice. Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum, with particular focus placed upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.

The establishment of this museum was approved by the French Parliament on 9 October 2007. The architect for the building is Jean Nouvel and the engineers are BuroHappold Engineering. Jean Nouvel also designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. The museum is part of a US$27 billion tourist and cultural development for Saadiyat Island, a complex which is planned to include three other museums, including a Guggenheim Museum and the Zayed National Museum. According to the government-sponsored website UAE Interact: "The French Museums Agency will operate in collaboration with the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), which is behind the transformation of Saadiyat Island. It will be chaired by French financier and member of the country's Académie des Beaux-Arts, Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, publisher of the periodical Revue des Deux Mondes." Bruno Maquart, the former Executive Director of Centre Georges Pompidou, will take the position of Executive Director.

NYU Art Gallery
NYU Abu Dhabi's new campus on Saadiyat Island

The NYUAD Art Gallery is an intimate museum space in a university setting. Modeled on the academic museums of the US, the curatorial program explores locally relevant and internationally significant subjects. This model of scholarly, experimental, non-commercial art exhibitions complements and enhances the region’s fast-growing cultural ecosystem.
NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting liberal arts college, where intellectual and creative academic endeavors are shaped and examined through an international and intercultural perspective. The Gallery is one of three distinct public-facing venues at the university, presenting art exhibitions alongside the performing arts at the Arts Center and scholarly talks and conferences at the Institute. The Gallery is a core catalyst for NYUAD as a locus of intellectual and creative activity, linking the university with the Abu Dhabi public and a worldwide community of artists, curators, and scholars. Supporting the progress made by other arts institutions within the UAE, the NYUAD Art Gallery and the projects it supports serve the local arts community as a testing ground for new and innovative curatorial approaches that nourish the dialogue around exhibition practice in the Gulf.

Warehouse 421
Historical district of Mina Zayed, Street Samrayr

Warehouse421 is a hub for creativity and an active participant in Abu Dhabi’s creative ecosystem, and is dedicated to supporting learning, making, exhibition and commercial activity relevant to the local and regional creative industries. Since November 2015, Warehouse421 has hosted 14 exhibitions and showcased the work of more than 200 local and regional artists and designers, providing a place for creatives to formally and informally convene. Warehouse421 offers public the opportunity to explore their creativity through interactive initiatives including talks, workshops, film screenings and performances. Located in the Mina Zayed of Abu Dhabi, Warehouse421 was converted from two former industrial warehouses and designed by the respected Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Manarat Al Saasiyat
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy، Saadiyat Cultural District، Saadiyat Island

Day 3 / Sharjah

The Africa Institute of Sharjah
Salah Hassan (Director)

The Africa Institute is an interdisciplinary academic research institute dedicated to the study, research and documentation of Africa, its people and its cultures; its complex past, present and future; and its manifold connections with the wider world. It is a globally oriented institution with a focus on the humanities and social sciences that will have a postgraduate studies programme offering both masters and PhD degrees with the aim of training a new generation of critical thinkers in African and African diaspora studies. The original Africa Hall building was inaugurated on the same day as the old Municipality’s one in 1976, but the original buildings of both were first built in the early 1970s as part of a wave of government modernist buildings of the time. It was named Africa Hall because the venue’s first cultural and political event was the Arab-African Symposium that was inaugurated on Tuesday 14 December 1976. The new Africa Hall, which is rebuilt in the same site of the old one that was demolished in 2015), will be part of the future complex of buildings for The Africa Institute to be designed by the renowned Ghanaian British architect, Sir David Adjaye. The Africa Hall will serve as a meeting place for conferences, symposia, and lectures, film screening and staged plays related to the activities of the Africa Institute and beyond, and to serve as part of an outreach to the larger community of Sharjah, UAE and beyond.

Salah M. Hassan is the Director of The Africa Institute. Hassan is the Goldwin Smith Professor and Director of the Institute for Comparative Modernities, and professor of art history and visual culture in the Africana Studies and Research Center, and the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University. He is also a Professor of History of Art in African and African American Studies and Fine Art at Brandeis University. He served as the Madeleine Haas Russell Professor, Departments of African and Afro-American Studies and Fine Arts, Brandeis University (2016-2017). Hassan is an art historian, art critic and curator. He is an editor and founder of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke University Press) and served as consulting editor for African Arts. He currently serves as member of the editorial advisory board of Atlantica and Journal of Curatorial Studies. He authored, edited and co-edited several books including Darfur and the Crisis of Governance: A Critical Reader (2009), and Diaspora, Memory, Place (2008); Unpacking Europe (2001); Authentic/Ex-Centric (2001); Gendered Visions: The Art of Contemporary Africana Women Artists (1997); and Art and Islamic Literacy among the Hausa of Northern Nigeria (1992). He guest edited a special issue of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly, entitled African Modernism (2010). His book Ibrahim El Salahi: A Visionary Modernist, was published in 2012 in conjunction with the retrospective of the Sudanese artist, Ibrahim El Salahi exhibited at The Tate Modern in London this past summer (July-October, 2013) after premiering at the Sharjah Art Museum (in March 2013) in Sharjah, UAE. Most recently, Hassan edited and introduced, Ibrahim El-Salahi: Prison Notebook (New York and Sharjah, MOMA and SAF Publications, 2018). He has contributed essays to journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogues of contemporary art. He has curated several international exhibitions such as Authentic/Ex-Centric (49th Venice Biennale, 2001), Unpacking Europe (Rotterdam, 2001-02), and 3x3: Three Artists/Three: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z (Dak'Art, 2004). He also curated several exhibitions for the Sharjah Art Foundation including The Khartoum School: The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan, 1945-2016 (2016-2017), and When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938–1965) (2016). He is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, such as the J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as major grants from the Sharjah Art Foundation, Ford, Rockefeller, Andy Warhol and Prince Claus Fund foundations.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Sunset, Sunrise
Al Hamriyah Studios

Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with IMMA, presents Sunset, Sunrise, a retrospective exhibition of works by the late artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. With a career spanning more than six decades, Farmanfarmaian is considered to be one of the most important Iranian artists of her time. Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran in 1924. She moved to New York in 1945 to study art and fashion, and during her time there she formed friendships with fellow artists such as Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. In 1957, she returned to Iran, however, after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 Farmanfarmaian found herself exiled to New York. She was able to return to Iran in 2004, where she regained her place in the Iranian art scene. Sunset, Sunrise represents the merging of Eastern and Western cultures and histories. The exhibition investigates the combination of Persian techniques and contemporary Western abstraction. More than seventy works will be on display ranging from painting, sculpture and jewellery to work on paper and collages. Works such as Untitled 4 (2017) and Untitled (2012), together with her signature mirrored pieces, will be included in the show.
Sunset, Sunrise is organised by IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland, in collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.

Bani Abidi: Funland - Bait Al Serkal
For over fifteen years, Bani Abidi’s work has engaged with questions of personal memory, patriotism and geopolitics through the lens of present-day Pakistan and the larger histories of South Asia.
For over fifteen years, Bani Abidi’s work has engaged with questions of personal memory, patriotism and geopolitics through the lens of present-day Pakistan and the larger histories of South Asia. With a wry sense of humour and attention to the performative aspects of daily life, the artist has approached her subject matter through a cast of minor protagonists—real and imagined, human and inanimate—which come to define a place and its culture. The major survey of Abidi’s works at Sharjah Art Foundation includes well-known video, photography, sound and installation works as well as two new commissions. The Lost Procession (2019) is a video and sound installation that focuses on the persecuted Hazara community, who have relocated from the Pakistani city of Quetta to Germany in recent years. The second commission is a newly conceived presentation of objects, prints, books and other materials assembled by the artist. The work reflects on the vitality of the 1990s Karachi art scene, which was formative to Abidi’s development as an artist. This exhibition is co-curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Natasha Ginwala.

Barjeel Collection - Sharjah Art Museum
Al- Shuwaihiyeen, near Al-Corniche post office

A long-term exhibition, A Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Art Foundation, will open at the Sharjah Art Museum featuring a selection of key modernist paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection. Curated by Salwa Mikdadi with Barjeel curators Mandy Merzaban and Karim Sultan, the exhibition covers a century of artistic production in the Arab region and its diaspora, beginning from the late 19th Century to the late 20th Century. The exhibition will remain on display for the next five years through an agreement between the Sharjah Museums Authority and Barjeel Art Foundation. A Century in Flux aims to make a selection of modern works accessible for study by researchers, scholars, artists, curators, and art enthusiasts to encourage a greater understanding of the region’s history of artistic production. The exhibition features works by notable modernist artists such as Ibrahim El-Salahi, Saloua Raouda Choucair, and Kadhim Hayder. Also included are recent acquisitions such as Dia Azzawi’s 1968 work A Wolf Howls: Memories of a Poet, a painting based on the poem “Hassan Al Shammus” by Muzaffar Al Nawab. A number of contemporary works will punctuate the exhibition that resonate with those from the modern period and offer a sense of continuity with the present. The exhibition is Barjeel Art Foundation’s last project before it restructures to focus its operations on preserving the collection and artwork loans. This well-documented collection of modern and contemporary art is known for its inclusion of significant 20th Century art from across the Arab region. Over the past decade, Barjeel’s team has overseen the expansion of the collection, curating and collaborating on 30 local, regional, and international art exhibitions. These exhibitions were coupled with the release of numerous publications and the organisation of public programmes, with the aim of reflecting on Arab history through its art and artists.

March Project 2019 - Calligraphy Square
March Project is an educational residency programme that provides opportunities for artists to research, realise and present site-specific works. Participants in this programme, chosen from the Gulf and abroad, take part in site visits and attend Sharjah Art Foundation’s exhibitions and public programmes. Drawing on their various research and artistic practices, the artists in this year’s March Project, its sixth edition, have explored a number of issues, namely, the relationships between architecture, the built environment and the body as well as heritage and contemporary practices that make up our social, visual and cultural fabric. Participants in the March Project 2019 are Asma Belhamar, Farah Al Qasimi, May Rashed and Saeed Al Madani from the United Arab Emirates, Filwa Nazer from Saudi Arabia and Mario Santanilla from Colombia.

Lunch at Fen Cafe
Meet Sharjah Architecture Triennial team: Mona El Mousfy, SAF Architect Consultant, Founder and Managing Director, SpaceContinuum and Mahnaz Fancy, Senior Programme Manager

Sharjah Architecture Triennial is the first major platform for architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North and East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Participating in international conversations while anchored in the specificity of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates, we offer new spaces for critical reflection, and foster research that situates the built environment within its complex social, economic, and cultural contexts. Our vision is to activate the field of architecture in the public sphere. The Triennial broadens the conversation, promoting buildings and urban spaces that respond to contemporary conditions. It aims to make architectural discourse accessible to a wider audience, including students, scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and members of the general public, thus advancing contemporary practice and the study and preservation of the region's rich modern heritage. Through our year-round programming, as well as the Triennial editions, we invite dialog that accommodates the region's rapid urban development amidst historical shifts, ongoing cultural encounters, environmental challenges, and aspirations for a prosperous future.

Akram Zaatari: Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation
SAF Spaces, Al Mureijah Square

This exhibition reflects on the evolution of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) and its collections through the work and contributions of its co-founder Akram Zaatari. Over the past twenty years, the AIF has been the means through which many of Zaatari’s projects and interests have been developed. While also pushing to expand the definition of photography, works in this exhibition engage directly with the debates that have coexisted within the AIF about provenance, preservation and authorship.
Organised by Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation, this exhibition is curated by Hiuwai Chu (Curator, MACBA) and Bartomeu Mari (Director, MALI, Lima). It was previously presented at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2018); K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017); and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2017).

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy
Peter Barlow, Executive Director

The Emirate of Sharjah is establishing the Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) to address a growing demand in Sharjah and the region for formal quality education and professional training in the performing arts to enrich the cultural and artistic experiences of talented and inspiring students. It is envisaged that SPAA will be the leading conservatoire in the region, offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in acting, musical theatre and production arts.
The purpose-built state of the art facilities of the Academy are currently under construction and the first cohort of aspiring and talented students from Sharjah, the UAE, and the rest of the world are expected to enrol in the Academy programs in September 2019.

Day 4 / Dubai
Morning Studio Visits

Al Serkal Avenue:
Amongst others visit; Ishara Art FoundationGallery Isabelle Van Den EyndeThe Third LineGreen Art GalleryGrey NoiseLauwrie Shabibi / Tashkeel

Ishara Art Foundation is a new space focused on contemporary art from a South Asian context. We have an expansive definition of the region, which includes the diaspora and overlapping histories of the region around India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Our dedicated space and exhibitions programme, the first of its kind in West Asia, will build on the shared histories, continued presence and cultural contribution of South Asian voices in the Gulf. We will bring new and established practices to Dubai’s diverse local and international audiences. Through monographic presentations, group exhibitions, new commissions and touring exhibitions, we will develop new dialogues and explore regional interconnections. Further information about our partnerships and programming will be available when the foundation launches in March. The Ishara logo, a synthesis of the square and circle, is based on an ideogram by Zarina to describe the word Aasman, sky. This is one of 36 images from Home is a Foreign Place (1999), a key work in the Ishara collection. An ishara is a gesture, a hint or signal, a word common to several languages spoken around the Indian Ocean including Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Swahili; the foundation views it as an invitation to be culturally rooted and accessible to the world.
The Ishara Art Foundation is established by Smita Prabhakar, collector and UAE resident, with a view to supporting artistic practice and cultural exchange. Curator and specialist in South Asian art, Nada Raza returns to Dubai as Artistic Director.

Jameel Arts Centre

Jaddaf Waterfront, between Business Bay Bridge and Garhoud Bridge on the Bur Dubai bank of the Dubai Creek

Jameel Arts Centre is an independent institution dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art to the public and engaging communities through learning, research and commissions. Founded and supported by Art Jameel, the Centre is located in Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Day 5 / Dubai to Karachi

Travel Dubai-Karachi

Visit Home and the Amin Gulgee Gallery
Amin Gulgee (b. 1965, Karachi, Pakistan) is an artist and curator living and working in Karachi. He received a BA in Art History and Economics from Yale University, USA in 1987 and won the Conger B. Goodyear Fine Arts Award for his senior thesis on Moghul gardens. He works primarily in sculpture, installation and performance. Amin Gulgee has curated numerous group exhibitions at his eponymous non-commercial gallery in Karachi and elsewhere and was Chief Curator of the inaugural Karachi Biennale in 2017. Gulgee’s work is in important international collections and he has received numerous awards, including the President’s Pride of Performance in 2005, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honors.

Day 6 / Karachi
Canvas ArtD-40 / 1- A Block 4 Clifton, Kehhashan, Karachi
Is one of Pakistan’s leading art galleries dedicated to supporting emerging artists from across the country. The gallery deals in modern, miniature and contemporary art, and possesses a collection of over 1,000 objects by 100 different Pakistani artists, making it an excellent destination for those looking to discover more about the current state of Pakistani art. Alongside the permanent collection, each month Canvas Art also presents two exhibitions – past shows have included a display of works by Muhammad Zeeshan, a talented and internationally recognised miniature painter and Nazia Ejaz, whose paintings depict colourful cityscapes and rickshaws inspired by the urban life of Lahore, her hometown.
Sanat Gallery
Sanat Initiative, Commune Artist Colony, Sadiq Godown, Miskeen Gali, off MT Khan Road (Old Queen’s Road), Karachi.
Taken from the Turkish language, sanat translates literally to mean ‘art’, but in usage, sanat has broader associations and nuances; explaining not just objects or vocation, but defining the artistic process and the sociological implications of art.  Founded in early 2014, Sanat Initiative aims to explore the relationship between art, artists and society through active partnerships with curators, galleries, art fairs and museums worldwide. Sanat Gallery provides artists with a platform for ground-breaking projects, thereby promoting experimental and innovative streams of thought in art. Taking advantage of the resources in Karachi, Sanat Residency invites visiting artists to develop projects that respond to new contexts and experiences to broaden their horizons, or to conduct research.

KOEL Gallery
F-42/2 Block 4, Karachi, Pakistan, +92 021 583 1292
KOEL was established in 1977 as a textile workshop. Founder Noorjehan Bilgrami opened the workshop as a space to preserve the then-dying craft of hand-block printing, an artisanal technique for which fabrics are decorated with patterns by using a carved wood block much like a stamp. With time, a gallery was added to the workshop with a similar mission: to preserve and promote regional artworks, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and craft objects such as ceramics and, of course, textiles. In addition to lovely artworks on display, the gallery also boasts a cafe and a charming courtyard.

Opening Karachi Biennale 2019 at Bagh Mohd Bin Qassim Park.

Day 7 / Karachi
Program by Karachi Biennale 2019

NED University (Heritage site): Tour
Artists: Simeen Farhat (US), James Alec Hardy (UK), Naima Dadabhoy (PK), Abdul Halik Azeez (SL), Omer Wasim (PK), Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind (East Jeruzalem and DK). 
The Nadirshaw Eduljee Dinshaw University popularly known as NED was founded in 1921, making it one of the oldest universities in Pakistan. Initially the institution solely aimed to train civil engineers, but now areas of study range from science to architecture, and its coursework is a testament to cross disciplinary academic exchange. In 2001, the university started the restoration of its old Campus buildings which are located in the heritage core of Karachi.

Karachi Zoo: Tour plus Performative works
Nishtar Rd, Garden East Millat Nagar, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

The Karachi Zoo remains an untold tale of transformation, boasting a unique historical trajectory of once being the site of an East India Company factory in 1799. Although in 1833, the government reclaimed the gardens under the name of Sarkari Bagh, only to be transferred to the municipality in 1869 and renamed as Rani Bagh. Evolving into a space for political gatherings, in 1934, the site became Mahatma Gandhi Garden. Following the independence of Pakistan , the name was officially changed to Zoological Garden. Today the Garden attracts a large number of visitors. It is home to some of the oldest trees in the city and its dense vegetation serves as lungs for a densely populated area of old Karachi.

VM Art Gallery: Tour plus
Performative works
ZVMG Rangoonwala Community Centre, Plot # 4 & 5, KDA Scheme-7, Block-4,، Dhoraji، Cp & Berar Chs, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

In June 1987, Mr. Mohammad Aly Rangoonwala , a prominent industrialist established the non-profit V.M. Art Gallery with a focus on supporting and exhibiting the artistic endeavors of local as well as international artists, unfettered by commercial impetus. It is located on the first floor of the ZVMG Rangoonwala Community Hall. In the last three decades , its founding curator/ director Riffat Alvi has been instrumental in developing VM Gallery as an art hub, particularly for emerging artists. It was the venue of the first Karachi Biennale.

Discursive Program at IBA Auditorium (City Campus)
Gazdarabad Saddar, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
Conversations on Ecology
A Presentation by Asma Arshad, artist, curator and researcher based in Toronto, Canada.

Keynote Address by Sacha Kagan, author and researcher based in Lüneburg, Germany. Performative works

Day 8 / Karachi 

Program by Karachi Biennale 2019

Ivsa Gallery: Tour
33rd St, Block 2 Block 2, Scheme 5 Clifton, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75600, Pakistan

Artists: An extensive project on the Mangroves will be unveiled at the IVS Gallery where a group of 6 artists come together to address this ecological issue. Artists at this venue are: Noorjehan Bilgrami (PK), Tariq Alexander Qaiser (PK), Marvi Mazhar (PK), Sadia Salim (PK), Zarmeene Shah (PK) and Sohail Zuberi (PK).
The Gallery is located at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture . The IVS Gallery is housed in the reconstructed 100 years old Nusserwanjee Building. The building was dismantled at its original location in Kharadar . The stone prices were transported and used to reconstruct the old building at its current site in 2001. It was the venue of the first Karachi Biennale.

Alliance Francaise
Plot/St-1 Kehkashan , Block 8 Clifton, Karachi 75600
Mahvesh and Jehangir Siddiqi

Artists: Alice Kettle (UK), Ali Kazim (PK), Waseem Ahmed (PK), Kiran Saleem (PK), Sana Arjumand (PK), Abdullah Syed (AU), Sadaf Naeem (PK), Meher Afroz (PK), Wolfgang Spahn (DL)

Alliance Francaise is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural exchange between Pakistan and France through interdisciplinary discourse by holding exhibitions, performances, lectures, and workshops. Matching the hues of a sunset, the yellow building resembles a Colonial Era villa with a courtyard in the center - a sight that contrasts with the glass and concrete architecture of the metropolis. This was designed by Pakistan’s leading architect Habib Fida Ali in the 1980s. Its Art Gallery has been an important not-for-profit space in Karachi and hosted many important shows since its inception . Recently it was refurbished and renamed Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Art Gallery. It was one of the venue of the first Karachi Biennale.

Frere Hal
Fatima Jinnah Rd, Civil Lines Saddar, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

Artists: Adeela Suleman (PK), Atif Khan (PK), Imran Qureshi (PK),
Frere Hall stands stubborn in its purpose, depicted by its Gothic style architecture and communal gardens in the heart of Karachi. Built in 1863 to serve as a town hall, Frere Hall now functions as a library and exhibition space. It’s first floor occupies the Sadequain Gallery which is named after the artist whose iconic mural titled Ilm o Amal is painted on the ceiling of the large hall.
After 1947 , the Frere Hall housed archeological artifacts that were later moved to the National Museum. It’s grounds have been the site of countless important colonial and post -independence ceremonies. It was one of the 12 venues of the first Karachi Biennale.

Discursive Program at IBA Auditorium (City Campus)
Gazdarabad Saddar, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan

21 st Century Biennales 2nd edition (Focus on Africa and Asia)
Keynote Address: Mariah Lookman , researcher, artist and curator based in Colombo/London
Her talk will be based on her research on Pakistan’s iconic sculptor Shahid Sajjad. Her research and artistic interests are founded upon the history of ideas in art, science and politics. Mariah Lookman makes works across a range of media and is currently working on a film, exploring the relationship of aesthetics and violence. Recent projects include leading a team to develop and write the charter document for the proposed School of Art, University of Culture and Art in Lahore (2015) and the forthcoming publication Looking to Draw in Torrent, no. 3 (summer 2015). Lookman holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art and a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Performative Work by Qinza Najm
Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American artist whose interdisciplinary artistic practice explores gendered violence and female subjectivity. Utilizing performance, video, painting, and other mediums, the artist, originally trained as a psychologist, understands herself as a denizen of the world, using artistic means to create empathy and understanding between societies and cultures in order to address the deepest social traumas. Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Najm pursued her studies in fine arts at Bath University and The Art Students League of New York.

Day 9 / Karachi-Lahore

Travel Karachi-Lahore

Diner at Collectors Home.

Day 10 / Lahore
Studio Rashid Rana and Aroosa Raana

Beaconhouse National University SVAD departments
Short presentations by Artists in the group and a panel discussion.

Visit Imran Qureshi Studio, Cantt, Lahore
Imran Qureshi’s practice is firmly rooted in the tradition of miniature painting, the subject he still teaches at the National College of Art in Lahore, an art form that reached its zenith during the Mughal Empire. Imran Qureshi has been exhibiting locally and internationally for almost twenty- five years and has greatly expanded the language of miniature painting, both in traditionally sized and crafted works and in many original variations in the form of site-specific installations, three-dimensional works, videos, and paintings on paper and canvas. His work is exemplary of a practice that combines a local background with a global outlook, artistically, socially and politically.

Visit Ali Kazim Studio, Model town, Lahore 
Ali Kazim was born in Pakistan, in 1979. Currently he lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his BFA degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 2002 and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK, in 2011. Kazim worked in the field of visual arts for the past 11 years. His work exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally. His group exhibitions include: Portraits at Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis and London; “Heritage Reinvented” Tryon St Gallery, London; Be a Man, Summaria Lunn art gallery, London; Creative Cities Collection at the Barbican Exhibition Hal London; Chosen, Artgate gallery, NYC; Catlin Prize, Londoncastle project space. London; “Drawn from life” Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK; “Beyond the page” Asia Pacific Museum USA; “Drawn from life: drawing form” Green Cardamom gallery London, UK; 12th and 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh. Solo shows include: Untitled (hair installation) Rohtass II, Lahore, Pakistan. Jhaveri Contemporary Mumbai, India; Solo presentation at the Hong Kong Art Fair; “Rider” Green Cardamom London, UK and Rohtas gallery, Lahore, Pakistan; Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India; Mid-career survey at Cartwright Hall Gallery, Bradford, UK; VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; “Sacred Souls, Secret Lives” Ethan Cohen Fine Arts Gallery, New York, USA and Greencardamom gallery, London; Alhamra Art Galleries, Lahore, Pakistan; Paradise Road Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has received a number of awards and artist residencies including; Finalists for the Catlin Prize, UK; The Art House Residency, Wakefield, UK; The Land Securities Studio Award, London, UK; Melvill Nettleship Prize for Figure Composition, UCL, London; Art OMI artist residency, New York, USA; Young Painter Award, Lahore Arts Council, Pakistan; ROSL Travel Scholarship: Residency at Hospital Field, Scotland, UK; Vasl Residency (Triangle Arts Trust), Karachi, Pakistan; International Artist Camp, George Kyet Foundation, Sri Lanka. His work is in the collection of Metropolitan Museum NYC; Asia Pacific Museum, USA; British Museum UK; Victoria and Albert Museum UK; Queensland Art Gallery Australia; Burger Collection Hong Kong; Creative Cities Collection, Beijing; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, India; Samdani Foundation, Dhaka.

Private Diner.

Day 11 / Lahore
Lahore Museum
Mall Rd, Anarkali, Lahore, Punjab 54000, Pakistan
The Lahore Museum aims to become a world class museum that seeks to deepen the understanding of Pakistan's cultural heritage, present circumstances and future directions. Through its innovative exhibitions, educational programmes and research and scholarship, it strives to transform the community's relationship with art and history. As repository of major collections, it documents, preserves and interprets its holdings in order to facilitate meaningful dialogue. Being the nation's oldest museum, it aspires to lead an association of Museums within the country, and to create regional and international linkages.

National College of Arts & Zahoor-ul-Ikhlaq Gallery
4, Shahrah-E-Quaid-E-Azam, Lahore
Institute of Art & Culture
Thokar Niaz Beg, Main Raiwind Road, Lahore

COMO – Contemporary/ Modern Museum of Art
112- D Block, Ghalib Road 1, Block C, Gulberg 2, Lahore.
Pakistans first private museum dedicated to the preservation and promotion of contemporary / modern art.

O Art Space Gallery  
19C FCC Scheme, Maratib Ali Road, Gulberg, Lahore
Ours is a cultural heritage bereft with visual expression for thousands of years. Through the contributions of individual thinkers, practitioners, and art institutions, this cultural wealth of visual art continues to evolve and enrich our lives till today. We, at O ART SPACE, strive to celebrate this asset through promoting Pakistani art and artists, thereby also enhancing a soft image of our country. Additionally, we not only encourage, but also welcome a cultural exchange of art and artists, as we strongly believe that such experiences lead to a greater understanding of ourselves as well as others, enhancing the depth of artistic expression.
Day 12 / Lahore
Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque
Shahi Hamam and Wazir Khan Mosque

Studio RM Naeem
Meeting with other artists and portfolio viewings.


Day 13
Travel back Home