Artist and academic Iftikhar Dadi is helping to organize the upcoming Lahore Biennale.

Restructured Lahore Biennale Scheduled to Launch in March 2018

After Rashid Rana announced in August that he was stepping down as the artistic director of the inaugural edition of the Lahore Biennale—Pakistan’s first major presentation of contemporary art—the exhibition is now back on track and scheduled to run from March 18, 2018 until March 31, 2018, writes Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The event’s management has undergone a major restructuring: Qudsia Rahim, the Lahore Biennale Foundation’s executive director, has made a number of new appointments to its advisory committee, such as artist Iftikhar Dadi, an associate professor of art history at Cornell University who was born in Karachi. “He is heading the academic and discursive component of the biennale,” said a spokesperson for the biennial. “[The Pakistani novelist] Mohsin Hamid and [the Pakistani architect] Raza Ali Dada are also advisers, while [the artist] Ayesha Jatoi is in charge of publications.”

“Despite being a continually expanding and evolving metropolis, Lahore has not so far significantly featured as a space that engages artistic practice with diverse publics,” according to a statement from the exhibition’s website. “Given the limited representation of Pakistan in global media, and the relative scarcity of regional dialogues within South Asia, there is a real urgency to foster a deeper and multifaceted dialogue between Lahore, the region, and the rest of the world.”

The Lahore Biennale is partially supported by the Pakistani government and the show’s organizers have also developed relationships with international backers. A list of participating artists and venues, however, has yet to be announced.