Artists’ portrayal: BNU’s 10th annual degree show kicks-off

70 students are displaying their work at the show that will continue till June 3

Our Correspondent May 28, 2016
The show features work of graduates from the Fine Arts Department. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The 10th Annual Thesis Show of the Beaconhouse National University’s (BNU) Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) started on Saturday at its Tarogil campus.

At the show, 70 students of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design, Textile and Fibre Studies, Fashion and Fibre Studies and Bachelor of Design in Jewellery and Accessory Design are displaying their work.

SVAD Dean Prof Rashid Rana said: “Our ethos and teaching philosophy has developed to allow fluidity between disciplines and different modes of inquiry all the way from foundation to senior years. Every student is nurtured to acquire his or her personalised path of exploration and thus offer something meaningful to the world. What makes the SVAD distinctive amongst art and design institutions in South Asia is its curricular model that encourages student-led approaches towards learning. The current thesis exhibition reflects the same rationale”.

BNU Vice Chancellor Shahid Hafiz Kardar, SVAD Dean Rashid Rana, Prof Salima Hashmi, Prof Naazish Ataullah, Prof Sajjad Kausar, faculty members, students and their parents attended the show along with critics and art-enthusiasts from several other institutions.

Rana said that this year’s show, despite its diversity, had some robust over-arching connections. “Students have surveyed a range of new media, technological tools and contemporary avenues to address historical, political and socio-cultural issues. We trust that the graduating students will continue to engage with contemporary challenges beyond university, thus carrying forward our commitment to excellence in the fields of art and design,” he said.

SVAD Department Head Risham Syed said that 12 graduating students from Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts and Design were presenting their work. “Their work is the culmination of four years of hard work, combined with a razor-sharp wit. The work in the exhibition ranges from weaving fictional narratives around low-tech machines questioning the notions of power and politics to working like a scientist/artist in a laboratory of ideas, to blurring the boundaries between the painted and the digital surface,” she said.

“Despite this enormous range, the work produced this year has many commonalities. This is how they contextualise their position in society. Their work is both challenging and intriguing in both form and content,” she said.

The show will continue until June 3 and will be open between 11am to 8pm.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2016.


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