THP Daak

THP Daak is a project by The Happieee Place, which is an attempt to promote dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists’ books and related publications in Pakistan with an effort to take the works beyond borders.

With THP Daak, we aim to develop a community of like-minded creative individuals and providing them a platform to showcase and contribute self-publishing material towards a larger audience nationally and internationally .

THP Daak Editions will have two sets. One set will remain in Pakistan in a permanent collection of THP ArtLab. Another set will be taken to another country, providing Pakistani artists, designers, and makers the international exposure they undeniably need.

THP Daak Edition One The exhibitions in Pakistan (Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad) will be curated by Ayesha Saeed (THP’s In-house curator) in 2020.

Ayesha Saeed (Curator of THP Daak )

Saeed is an artist, a bookmaker, an educator, and a glassblower. She studied at RCA – London (MA Photography), SAIC – Chicago (BFA) and NCA – Lahore (B.Design – Communications). Saeed’s research interests are in perception, technology, neuroscience, autism, and bio-fabrication and systems in general. THP is a social experiment of Saeed’s Research Studio. Her recent works dealt with the arena of digital profiling with all the issues of control and discrimination that implies.

Thirty-Seven (37) Artists are shortlisted Nation-wide for the THP Daak Edition One.

Daak Artists:

Adnan Mairaj Malik, Amara Sikander, Ameena Sajjal , Amna Hashmi, Amna Pervaiz, Amna Suheyl Umar, Aqeel Abbas, Areej Ahmed, Farah Farooqui, Fatima Baig, Fatimah Nadeem, Haider Ali Jaan, Haris Hidayat Ullah, Jovita Alvares, Juliane Eick Aziz, Luís Felipe Keresztes Bigatto, Mahnoor Ahmad, Mahnoor Khawaja, Minhaj Ahmed Rafi, Mushba Said, Myra Valentina Lourdes Das, Omair Faizullah, Rafay Anwer, Sabeen Fatima, Saliha Rashid, Saman Sheikh, Saniya Jafri, Sophia Balagamwala, Sophia Mairaj , Sujjal Kayani, Sultan Ali, Sumera Murtaza, Syed Hamza Salar Hassan, Wajiha Abid, YBQ – Yousaf Bashir Qureshi, Zoya Manan and Zunaira Sultan.

Edition One with Thirty-Four wonderful works went to India’s first Independent Art Book Festival  ART BOOK DEPOT: JAIPUR 2020

THP will be exhibiting alongside 25+ exhibitors. Pro-Helvetia, the Swiss Arts council, IED Madrid and L’Ecole d’Design India studio, France will be sending their artist books/zines for display at the Festival too. The Art Book Festival will run parallel to Jaipur Literature Festival.

Farside Collective Foundation Leh and Round them Oranges, Jaipur are the brains behind the ARTBOOK DEPOT: JAIPUR 2020 Festival.

Farside Collective Foundation is a not for profit artist-led project space based in the small town of Leh in the higher Himalayan region of Jammu & Kashmir, India. In addition to working with contemporary arts, photography & design, Farside Collective makes, supports and publishes art books, promoting the self-publishing culture and making them accessible to everyone.

Round Them Oranges (RTO) is a studio and residency based in the walled city of Jaipur. Art-Book Depot: Jaipur Edition is its maiden event.

* Submission to India was the collaboration between Amina Cheema and The Happieee Place. 

 THP DAAK Edition One Private View Show was held at THP ArtLab, Lahore on 22nd November, 2019 celebrating the shortlisted artists.

The Show opened to Public in India and Pakistan at the same time in January, with talks, screenings and workshops in Lahore to celebrate the culture of self publishing on both sides of the border.