ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: An exhibition of contemporary Pakistani art was opened at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) it Islamabad to display the works of 80 young artists from across Pakistan.
American Ambassador in Pakistan David Hale and Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts Syed Jamal Shah opened the exhibition on Friday night, said a press release.
The exhibit, titled “Open Field,” was funded by the American Embassy.
“This exhibit shows the vitality of the Pakistani arts community and its ability to conserve and reflect its rich creative heritage while inventing new forms of expression for today,” said Ambassador Hale.
The exhibit, which was organized by the Kuch Khaas Center for Arts, Culture, and Dialogue, will remain on display at PNCA for two months.
“The artwork on display in `Open Field’ is representative of the ways in which artists, operating fully within art-world conventions, have begun to ask new questions and to open up spaces for the formation of new processes,” said exhibit curator Aasim Akhtar.
One sign of the vitality of the Pakistani arts community is its ability to conserve its great creative heritage while inventing new forms of expression for today.
The American Embassy spends over 100 million rupees annually to fund arts programming in Pakistan, introducing Pakistanis and Americans to each other’s artistic traditions.