The hues of Balochistan’s ‘Shanakht'

Akram Dost Baloch’s solo exhibit opens


Zulfiqar Baig January 23, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: Many know him as the professor, but a painter from Naushki considers himself more of a chronicler of one of Pakistan’s oldest areas. And in his recent works, which opened at in the federal capital on Wednesday, he explores the identity of his ancestral home.

‘Shanakht’, a solo exhibition of paintings by award-winning, veteran artist Akram Dost Baloch opened at the Satrang Art Gallery in Islamabad on Wednesday. The exhibition has been organised by the gallery in collaboration with SerenArts.

Baloch’s imagery stays true to his established visual vocabulary while ingeniously merging the traditional hues of Balochistan.

“There is a socio-economic narrative of society and his people [in Baloch’s work],” said Satrang Gallery Director Asma Rashid Khan.

UK Deputy High Commissioner Richard Crowder, who inaugurated the exhibition, said, “hearing Baloch’s descriptions, looking at his technical artistry, I feel like he has shared a bit of his own identity as well as the identity of the people of Balochistan.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2020.

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