Dawn Relief art show for flood-affected people draws crowd in Karachi – Pakistan

People view works presented in the exhibition to be held at the Arts Council of Pakistan on Sunday. – Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

KARACHI: The art show of a day An image of hopehosted by Dawn Relief: The Way Forward at the Arts Council of Pakistan here on Sunday, proved to be a useful distraction from the depression surrounding the country’s recent floods.

As the name suggested, the exhibition was, among other things, uplifting. It painted a bright picture, full of hope, for beautiful Pakistan with so many blessings and talent as depicted in the art and photography, capturing different shades of the multifaceted aspects of this country. Heavy hearts were forced to look on the bright side, even considering the noble gestures of the artists and photographers, who donated their beautiful works so that the money generated from their sale could be used for Dawn Relief’s relief efforts. .

Instead of the Dawn Relief cause, the Karachi Arts Council contributed its venue to the event.

Aneela Sheikh of The Curated Plate, with whom Dawn Relief collaborated on the art, said they managed to put it all together in one week.

“Introducing 14-hour workdays, taking lots of tea and painkillers to keep us going,” she smiled.

Well-known artists, photographers donate beautiful pieces so that the money generated from their sale can be used for relief efforts

There was an extensive list of artists whose work could be seen on the right side of the room, with the middle area being taken over by the pop art and digital prints by some contemporary artists.

The performers included Ashir Bhatti, Beygum Bano, Daft Draft, Faizan Riedinger, Fizza Saleem, IRDK Maham, K. Align, Marium Kamal, Mughal Empress and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who strongly believes that the artist community comes together for the noble cause, said: “As soon as Dawn and The Curated Plate reached out to me about something so important and dear that I knew I had to do everything in my power.”

clockwise: ‘Leave from the oasis’; ‘Dancing to the past’; and ‘Hubbly Bubbles in the Fields’. Photos by Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

Beygum Bano, another artist known for her digital prints, said she was very excited to be a part of a project like the Dawn Art Show. “I intended to help the flood victims and have done as much as I can,” she said.

Some of the most expensive pieces of art in the exhibition included a mix-medium photograph by Umair Ghani entitled ‘A Window for Worship’ with a price tag of Rs 100,000 of a veiled Thari woman against the backdrop of a traditional blue printed Sindhi Hala tiled wall of a altar. The photo had a calligraphy frame all around.

Meanwhile, Faizan Riedinger was the artist with the most expensive art there, a circular painting that looked like the image of the Earth at night from space, priced at Rs 300,000.

Right next door was a live mural painted during the event by the husband and wife team, Safwan and Marium Subzwari, an image of modern fusion of pop culture and chaos, which was then auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Each photo print by a large number of photographers namely Ali Khurshid, Arif Ali, Arif Mahmood, Ayesha Vellani, Kohi Marri, Mahmood Qureshi, Pervaiz Ahmad Khan, Stephan Andrew and Tapu Javeri cost 12,000 rupees.

Of them, the most uplifting had to be the one titled “Uninhibited Patriotism,” which put everything into perspective. It was a photo taken by Mahmood Qureshi of a flood relief camp in Punjab, where a skinny boy without clothes was shown holding up the Pakistani flag.

Published in Dawn, September 26, 2022

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