PNCA, is organising an exhibition ‘The Postcard to Faiz’
PNCA collaboration with the Nukta Art, is organising an exhibition ‘The Postcard to Faiz’ today
‘Postcard to Faiz’ to mark finale of Faiz Centennial Celebrations
The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), in collaboration with the Nukta Art, is organising an exhibition ‘The Postcard to Faiz’ today (Tuesday) to mark the closing event of Faiz Centennial Celebrations. The exhibits are selected from the entries received for ‘Faiz Art Prize’ competition, an initiative of the Nukta Art, Aman ki Asha and the Progressive Writers Association held earlier as part of the Faiz Centennial Celebrations.
The artists participating in the event were expected to create an artwork symbolising the artists dialogue with the poet’s verse, illustrate Faiz’s philosophy and interpret his message for peace, love, justice and fraternity, on a especially designed postcard sheet of A4 size with a logo. The idea was to bring together two cultural disciplines — visual art and literature. The postcards were dispatched in Pakistan, India and Diaspora globally and particularly wherever Faiz is extensively read and appreciated.
The postcards were well received and artists and art students participated enthusiastically from Pakistan, Canada, India, Australia, Canada, USA and UK. The most encouraging part was that the young enthusiasts and art students competed with some of the most distinguished names such as Professor Saeed Akhtar, Meher Afroz, Amin Gulgee among others. They took up the challenge of transforming Faiz’s verses into a visual symbology and delivered it with quality and confidence.
Around 150 entries were received and adjudged by a distinguished panel of jury comprised of eminent artists, critics and literary personalities; Naazish Ataullah, former principal of the National College of Arts, Lahore, Mussarrat Nahid Imam, director (visual arts) at the National Art Gallery, Saquib Hanif, art critic, Tariq Rangoonwala, chairman of the Rangoonwala Trust, and Asif Farrukhi, literary critic.
The awards were divided into three different categories:
Artist’s Category: Meher Afroze (1st Prize), Ruby Chishti (2nd Prize)
Students Category: Naureen Rashid (NCA), Uzair Amjad (NCA), Humaira Baloch (University of Sindh, Jamshoro), Adnan Mairaj Malik (Karachi University)
Popular Prize: Selected by the visitors to the exhibition was given to Sheema Khan (Punjab University) and Zohra Tanveer (Punjab University).
The winners were awarded with a specially designed award created by eminent sculptor Shahid Sajjad based on a sculpture piece by internationally renowned scientist Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, a close friend of Faiz. The cash prize was also given to the students to help continue with their creative pursuits.
Keeping in view the importance of the occasion and to celebrate the event in a befitting manner, the PNCA decided to arrange the exhibition at the National Art Gallery as a closing event of the Faiz Centennial Celebrations 2011.
Unveiling of Faiz’s portrait bust in copper sculpted by Irfan Hakim is also part of the event. Faiz Ahmed Faiz has been the first chairman of the PNCA when it was created in 1973 under the act of the parliament. The Faiz portrait bust would be displayed as a permanent feature of the National Art Gallery. the news