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Desires of the Commoners

BY SARAH MUMTAZ
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2017

Sarah Mumtaz did her Bachelors in Printmaking in 2005 and later did her Masters in Visual arts in 2010 both from National College of Art. She started her practice with printmaking and later adding embroidery, photomontages to her work practice. During her Masters she introduces herself to completely different
medium, which was performed. Later she went back to her basics and
started drawings again so now her work is basically an amalgam of
embroidery, performance and drawing.

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Renaissance Man

BY REHAN BASHIR
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2017

With degrees in Fine Arts, from the National College of Arts in Lahore and Parsons The New School For Design in New York, Pakistani artist Rehan Bashir's initial practice was based around painting, drawing and printmaking but has now evolved into a more transdisciplinary pursuit. Under the tutelage of Nahid Siddiqui, a renowned Kathak dance exponent, Rehan, has been exploring classical dance and performance and draws inspiration from Yoga and meditation. He has been teaching Yoga in Lahore since 2014. He has very recently performed at the Dakshina Dance Festival in Washington DC, US and at the Zofin Palace in Prague, Czech Republic. He designs bespoke bridal couture, with a special focus on craft and tradition, at The House of Kamiar Rokni, which has been regularly showcasing it's work in Lahore and internationally.

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Literary Love in Lahore

BY MEHR HUSAIN
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2017

Mehr F Husain is a Lahore based journalist. She was a columnist for Mail Today/MailOnline (The Daily Mail). She has worked as Features editor at The Friday Times and Assistant editor at Good Times. She has had short stories published by Oxford University press and Mongrel Books. Mehr is editor of 'Multan: A Spiritual Legacy', a book that was presented to Queen Elizabeth. She has also performed stand-up comedy as the opening act for Lahore’s first all female troupe Auratnaak. Her work has appeared or been quoted in DAWN, Herald, Pakistan Today, The News, Times of India, Libas International, The Diplomat, Pakistan Link and she was featured in The Economist's 1843. Mehr holds a MSc. in Asian Politics from SOAS, University of London and a BSc. in Politics with Business Management (Hons.) from Queen Mary, University of London. She was also accepted into a MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge. 

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Chota Mota Theatre

BY SARAH ZAHID
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Sarah Zahid lives, works and overworks in Lahore. She is a 2007 printmaking graduate from National College of Arts, Lahore and has continued her art practice on and off through the years. She has taught Art history at PIFD for 5 years while alongside teaching theatre at the LGS JT, Junior and Middle school for girls from 2010 to date. In 2014 she co-founded her non-profit theatre company with her husband, called ‘Chota Mota Theatre’ which lives by the slogan of ‘theatre of the people, for the people, by the people’ as they want to spread theatre and its power to all ages, ethnicities and communities. She also writes art reviews and essays for Nigaah Art magazine and maintains her blog beingsarahzahid@wordpress.com which voices her thoughts on child development, psychology and pedagogy through her personal research and study as well as her experiences as a teacher, a mother of two, a Pakistani female and a believer in never to give up.

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New Work Environments

BY FATIMA RAFIQUE
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Fatima Rafique is a professional graduate of Architecture (NCA, Lahore) and currently run an architectural company call Taazeen Architecture and Design. She has participated in several international competitions and was nominated as the finalists for a luxury architectural project in Istituto Marangoni, Milano, Italy in 2015.

Fatima has designed for projects of all scale, from designing a massive entertainment complex (We Play, Islamabad) to a small coffee table and everything in between. My international projects includes the interior design of nail bar in Buffalo, New York, USA called Happy Feet Nail Bar and collaboration for an international furniture company for the showcase of their products in the upcoming Maison et Object 2018.

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Unfinished conversations with Lahore

BY NASHMIA HAROON
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Nashmia Haroon has been practicing photography, both for commercial and artistic endeavours, since 1998. She received a BFA degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2004. Nashmia worked for a year at the New ID Studios Manchester/London, UK as a freelance photographer and make-up artist and followed it up with a brief stint as a teaching assistant and counsellor for the Eli Whitney museum in New Haven, Connecticut, USA in 2006.

In 2007, She moved back to Pakistan and joined Beaconhouse National University (School of Visual Arts and Design), Lahore as a Lecturer in Studio and Documentary Photography. Nashmia has held several photography workshops for students, with Pakistani and International photographers as guest speakers.

She completed her MA (Hons) in Visuals Arts in 2012, and since then has been  an Assistant Professor at The National College of Arts, Lahore teaching drawing, sculpture and photography and is at an honorary position as the Thesis Coordinator for the undergraduate program of the Fine Arts Department.

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Process of Design

BY ALI MURTAZA
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Ali Murtaza is a Lahore based designer and educator, specializing in industrial and interaction design. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Information Technology University (ITU), and works as a design consultant for various design firms, tech companies and startups. As a consultant, he has previously worked for Dolby Laboratories, GRID Impact, Coke USA, Audi, the Biomimicry Institute, and Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL), among others. He is also a Fulbright alumnus, and Rajeev Circle Fellow, and Director of the fellowship's Digital Arts and Technology program.

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Seedhi Line

BY SALEHA SAMAD
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

“Let’s just say I have a knack for multi-tasking. And I will be talking and sharing my thoughts about my work in terms of ‘Transition’.”

Saleha Samad is a self-employed Textile Designer who graduated from Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design. She is the Managing Partner and Creative Head of SALEHA SAMAD Designer Wear & Design House (Digital Print Design Making – Apparel). She also performs as Creative Décor Head for HMW Events & PR and Creative Consultant for HMW Printers (Paper Printing only). She also constructs ‘Charity Drive’, ‘Clothing Drive’ & ‘Food Drive’ along with her colleagues and friends in order to provide food and necessary goods to those in need under a collaborative group called: “HMW Foundation”.

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Dimension Seven

BY BURHAN KHAN
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Burhan Khan has a background in fashion design and is currently working on metal and thread sculptures. In his presentation, Burhan shares inspiration from his travel and bakcpacking expereinces around the world since 2012. He is currently teaching as a visiting faculty at the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design and is studying music/singing in Hawaii from Ken Tamplin.

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Chakarkar

BY ABRAR QAZI
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Over the past 9 years of his life, Abrar Qazi has been an enrolled student and practitioner of communication design. He was exposed to the phenomenon of digitally enabled design processes, visualization and interactive design in 3rdyear Communication design at National College of Arts, Lahore. His interaction with the digital paradigms and installation art evolved into a constant reality, becoming a part of everything he creates.

Abrar's professional experiences with the world of visual communication have made him aware of the potential that design, coupled with innovative technology carries in reaching interactive media. Working at a gaming house soon after graduating in 2010 as a visual artist enhanced his skills in UGI and story development. Further Abrar received an opportunity to work in an advertising agency ADCOM Leo burnett on International brands like “SAMSUNG” and “TELENOR”. In recent times, he has a company by the name of ABR (ART BANK RESIDENCY), which deals in advertising, branding and digital displays. Their company introduces the idea of Projection mapping for the first time in Pakistan. This has made them work with brands like COMSATS INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DEUTSCHE WELLE, PAKISTAN TOBACCO COMPANY, PHA LAHORE, STYLO Shoes and many more.

Reel On hai as an initiative for the first time in Pakistan was a very fascinating call for Artist/Designers and it triggered my drive to participate in it. First Abrar and a group of co artists thought of an installation with use of reels into a big skate board to be placed in a public space. It included play areas, food stalls, sitting areas, and space for entertainment. Later it trickled down into a small installation a Kiosk, (Dhaba) with all its functional and aesthetic attributes. The response to this public installation was quite good, and the local people were very excited to see a good change in the zoo.

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From the Conversations

BY AFFAN BHAGPATTI
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2017

Affan Baghpati is a graduate of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi from the department of Fine Art and is now enrolled for his post graduate Art and Design Studies at SVAD, Beaconhouse National University Lahore. He has performed at Art galleries during his undergraduate school years. His recent work includes installations using taxidermy, discarded furniture and metal artifacts. His studio practice revolves around ideas of taste and aesthetics where design and form are some of his key concerns.

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Owning the Narrative

BY MANAL ABDULLAH
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2017

Manal Abdullah is an architect and teacher by profession, and an illustration and cross-disciplinary design enthusiast otherwise. Her exploration of visual narratives has allowed her to inculcate the art of story-telling into different facets of her design practice, from developing narratives in spatial design to producing on-stage sets for preconceived ideas. According to her, the power of story-telling translates into almost all forms of conveying information. In her presentation, she plans to identify the factors in which involve an audience into a visual narrative. 
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