Hanging Fire – Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Hanging Fire – Contemporary Art from Pakistan
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Faiza Butt
Get out of my dreams II, 2008
Ink on polyester film
H. 22 x W. 28 1/2 in. (55.9 x 72.4 cm)
Private collection, London

[T]he provocative artworks created by fifteen of the most compelling Pakistani artists in the past twenty years in Asia Society Museum’s current exhibition, Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan. Often portrayed in the west as a country continuing to struggle with political and social instability, Pakistan has a vibrant yet little-known contemporary art scene that has flourished over the past two decades. The Asia Society exhibition Hanging Fire explores this seeming contradiction.

The first major U.S. museum survey exhibition devoted to contemporary art from Pakistan, Hanging Fire examines the complex combination of influences informing contemporary artists in the country’s urban centers of Karachi and Lahore. To spotlight the current energy, vitality and range of expression in Pakistan’s contemporary art scene, Asia Society Museum is presenting a fascinating range of works, comprising installation art, video, photography, painting and sculpture. A number of the works have never been exhibited, including a large-scale site-specific painting by artist Imran Qureshi. Hanging Fire is curated by Salima Hashmi, one of the most influential and well-respected writers and curators in Pakistan.

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