Remembering ZuA

The Happieee Place and Sheherezade Alam present “Remembering Zahoor ul Akhlaq – Friend. Artist. Teacher”

Digital Exhibition and Talks : 4th – 16th February 2020.
This event is designed specifically for students and mid-career artists, designers, and architects.

Exhibition: Opening Night ( ZuA’s Birthday ) I 4th Feb (Tues) I 6 – 8 PM I Talks

  • Nayyar Ali Dada ( ZuA as a Friend )
  • Nazish Ata Ullah ( ZuA as an Artist – Tarbela Dam Project )
  • Virginia Whiles ( Zua as an Artist at Hornsey College of Art )

Exhibition: 9th Feb (Sun) I 6 – 8 PM I Talks

  • Saleema Hashmi ( ZuA as an Artist & Friend )
  • Masood Hameed ( ZuA as a Teacher )
  • Nazish Ata Ullah ( ZuA as an Artist  )

Exhibition: Closing Night I 16th Feb (Sun) I 6 – 8 PM I

  • Ali Raza ( ZuA as a Teacher )
  • Risham Syed ( ZuA as a Teacher )
  • Gulzar Haider ( ZuA as a Friend )
  • Sheherezade Alam ( ZuA as an Artist  )
  • Ayesha Saeed ( ZuA as an Artist  )

Exciting activities for students & artists during the exhibition. NCA, BNU and COMSATS students Zines which they have created in response to this exhibition will be on display on the closing as well.
About Zahoor ul Akhlaq (1941-1999) :
He was a pioneering artist whose practice and teaching have influenced generations. His art spans a variety of media that includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture and graphic design. He is widely regarded as a late modernist, arguably the first conceptualist, and the ‘architect’ behind the Contemporary Miniature movement originating from the National College of Arts in Lahore.

In his practice, Zahoor ul Akhlaq sought to create a dialogue with the viewer on canvas (and other media) making them an active participant in the reading of the work. Akhlaq trained under the strong modernist influence of Shakir Ali at The National College of Arts in Lahore. He consistent experimentation and distinctive approach imbibed ‘traditional’ influences such as Islamic calligraphy, Mughal Miniatures, folk art, architecture, as well as his interests in Western art history, philosophy, and literature. As a person who was deeply rooted in his culture, his contributions as a practitioner and a teacher are still felt and respected. His oeuvre eludes easy categorization.
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