Drawing the Line: Art & Censorship

Drawing the Line: Art & Censorship

A Discussion with Adeela Suleman, Marvi Mazhar, Amin Gulgee & Muhammad Zeeshan

Can Art­­ — being a field that provokes one to question current norms, laws, policies and evoke a response in the form of self-expression — really be considered art if stripped of those very qualities? As an Artist, should the question, “what work can qualify as thought provoking yet also law/government compliant” really be a priority during the creative process? Where should one draw the line when it comes to practicing self-expression and activism through art, and who decides what’s on either side of the line?

on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
T2F’s Faraar Gallery
10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA,
Karachi – Pakistan.
Entry: Rs. 100/-

Engage in the discussion on censorship across borders on art, and what truly defines art: subjectivity or an objectively set criteria?

About the Moderator:
Arieb Azhar:
Arieb Azhar is a renowned Pakistani musician cultural promoter and executive director of T2F. He is hailed as the pioneer of contemporary Sufi music in Pakistan and an interpreter of Sufi kalaam for younger audiences.

About the Panelists:

Adeela Suleman:
Adeela Suleman received her BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 1999 and before that did her MA in International Relations from Karachi University in 1995. Currently Suleman is Associate Professor and Head of the Fine Art Department at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi and is Coordinator of Vasl Artists’ Association, Karachi.

Muhammad Zeeshan:
Zeeshan graduated from National College of the Arts, Lahore with a degree in miniature painting. He has exhibited extensively in Pakistan and abroad. His work is a part of permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the British Museum London, and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. His public projects include the Art Park Project in the Dubai Art Fair, Ishtehaar Lagaana Mana Hai, Public Art Project and KoCa Berlin.

Marvi Mazhar:
Marvi Mazhar served as Director at PeaceNiche (T2F), and is the co-founder of (ADRL) The Architectural Design Research Lab, housed within, and affiliated with, the Department of Architecture at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture- a research laboratory devoted to projects within the fields of architecture and urban design. In 2016, Mazhar founded Pakistan Chowk Community Centre and was the Project Manager of National History Museum (Lahore, Pakistan), conceptualized by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan.

Amin Gulgee:
Amin Gulgee is a visual artist from Karachi, Pakistan. As an art practitioner, he works in sculpture, installation and performance. In his work, he explores spiritual territories and narrative traditions and the intersection between them. As a museum curator, he is particularly interested in multidisciplinary intersections and South-South dialogues. He has also been actively involved in the field of performance, an emerging field in Pakistan.

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