New York

Adeela Suleman, Feroza (Turqouise), 2005, paint on aluminum cooking utensil, spoons, aluminum jar (burni), foam, cloth, 18 x 10 x 10".

New York

“Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan”

Asia Society | New York
725 Park Avenue
September 10, 2009–January 3, 2010

Curated by Salima Hashmi

Taking its title from an idiomatic Urdu expression that means “to delay decision,” the Asia Society’s survey of contemporary art from Pakistan features fifty-five works by fifteen artists based primarily in Karachi and Lahore, and urges its audiences to forestall judgment based on what they know of those cities from the daily news. While structured by a few predictable binaries—East and West, tradition and modernity, the religious and the secular—the show will also emphasize the specific impact of cosmopolitan Lahore’s artistic hothouse, the National College of Arts. At least half the artists in the exhibition studied at the NCA, most under the late Zahoor ul Akhlaq, whose efforts to simultaneously revive and deconstruct the Mughal miniature begin one lineage this survey will sensitively engage.