Nature, human bond in focus at exhibit

New show ‘Off Grid Goes On Grid’ launched at PNCA

Zulfiqar Baig November 24, 2023
A visitor observes an art piece at an exhibition in the federal capital. PHOTO: EXPRESS


A new exhibition, discovering the interplay between nature and humans, was launched at the National Art Gallery on Wednesday.

The Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) hosted an opening ceremony for the show titled "Off Grid Goes On Grid", which was inaugurated by Former FJWU VC Samina Qadir along with PNCA Director General M Ayoub Jamali.

Geytee Ara, a seasoned art educationist said Residency Chapter 1 aimed to delve into the profound connection between humans and nature, transcending surface-level observations.

Artists expressed their dreams, memories, and behaviours concerning nature. “The exhibition reflects their fusion of inner realms and experiences with nature, emphasizing individual work while fostering critical support among participants,” she said.

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“This experience has been so encouraging that it will continue to be a biannual feature.”

The OffGrid residency was attended by eleven artists including Akhter Iqbal, Faiza Gondal, Geytee Ara, Lubna Jehangir, Quratul Ain, Salma Manzoor, Shahidi, Shahrukh Baqi, Shahzeb Ahmed, Sidra Ashraf, and Zarrar Haider Babary. The group represented accomplished and amateur artists, showing the diversity in the medium, concept, and execution.

The opening ceremony brought a lot of artists and art lovers together. People were excited about the creative artworks and the powerful messages they carried.

Open to the public for a week, it explores the central theme of the blend of wilderness and creativity.

The exhibition will also feature workshops. The show will continue until 28th November 2023.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2023.


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