A unique (and free) evening with two of Southasia's finest artists. Salima Hashmi will be speaking about and presenting contemporary art from Pakistan. Shahidul Alam will share his insights into the evolution of contemporary photography, his work in Bangladesh, and the power of this medium today.
Tea at 4.30pm, talk begins at 5:00pm.
Location: National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
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Salima Hashmi is a Lahore-based artist, cultural writer painter, and anti-nuke activist. She is Dean of the School of Visual Arts & Design at the Beaconhouse National University. Salima Hashmi also runs Rohtas-3 , her own art gallery, featuring works of young artists. Among her publications are, “Unveiling the Visible: Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan” (2005) and has illustrated “A Song for this day: 52 poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz”. She also runs Faiz Ghar, a museum dedicated to the memory of her father, the monumental poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
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Photographer, artist, writer and activist, Shahidul Alam, profoundly influenced by inequality in his native Bangladesh and The Liberation War, pursued a life in photography to challenge oppression and imperialism in all its forms. Attacked, arrested, and threatened with death, Alam built Pathshala, what many consider to be the finest photography school in the world, Drik, an award-winning agency, and Chobi Mela, the world’s most diverse photography festival.
Shahidul Alam is a jury member of numerous competitions including World Press Photo where he has been a judge on four occasions, he was the first person of colour to chair the international jury in World Press Photo history. His recent book “My Journey as A Witness” tops the bestseller list at www.skira.net
For more information, please contact:
Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange
(A Unit of Himal Southasian, Kathmandu)
National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore,
Manikyavelu Mansion,49,Palace Road,
Bangalore, 560052 India
Tel: +91-80-2234 2338
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