LAHORE: The Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) will organise a series of exhibitions, titled biennale, in the city in November 2017. Artist Rashid Rana will be the artistic director for the events. The announcement was made at a press conference on Tuesday.
Rana said work commenting on the shifting urban scene in the city would be displayed at the exhibitions.
He said works from the fields of visual arts, architecture, literature, performing arts, music, film and design would be displayed.
The statement said that the LBF would hold similar exhibitions in the city every two years.
It said that artists in the country were well connected with the global art scene. However, it said, there was still a need to improve public’s engagement with the art produced in the country. LBF executive director Qudsia Rahim said there weren’t enough opportunities for artists to display their works. She said the LBF intended to address this issue.
LBF chairman Osman Khalid Waheed said the foundation believed art could serve as an effective vehicle for social engagement. He said the exhibition was part of the foundation’s efforts to claim a space in public discourse for arts. “This will help us build a more balanced and humane society,” he said. He said the exhibitions would continue for seven weeks but hoped that their impact would last longer.
LBF adviser Jessica Morgan, a director at the Dia Art Foundation in New York City, praised the decision to appoint Rashid Rana as the artistic director for the exhibitions.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2016.
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