Preview: Seven artists capture ‘the soul of Pakistan’

The exhibition opens at Nomad Art Gallery on Wednesday (today).

News Desk August 01, 2012

An exhibition of photographs by seven artists, depicting the various colours, faces and landscape of Pakistan, will go on display at Nomad Art Gallery from Wednesday, said a press release issued by the curator of the show.

The artists participating in “The Soul of Pakistan” are: Azhar Hafeez, Abdul Razaq Vance, Abbrar Cheema, Kulsoom Aftab, Malik Ayaz Mehmood, Svitlana Plyhun and Umair Ghani

The latest selection of photographs by Hafeez is a tribute to the diverse landscapes and faces of Pakistan. He has been clicking moments into memories for the past two decades. His graduated in photography, graphic design from National College of Arts, Lahore and has won two gold medals in his career.

Vance, proficient in photography and Photoshop, produces high quality images that have been recognised by numerous awards. He has a great knowledge and skill in defining themes and concepts in photography.

After getting his master’s degree in Fine Arts in paintings from the University of the Punjab (PU) in Lahore, Cheema pursued a career in multimedia productions. The beauty, colours, and fascinating culture of Pakistan continued to inspire him. He is fully committed to pursuing his mission to introduce “real visage of my land and innocence to the rest of world”.

Aftab graduated from NCA Lahore. She has done some creative work on Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore. She also makes decorative tiles and terra cotta products and has participated in many exhibitions.

Plyhun is a self-taught photographer from Ukraine. She developed her skill while she was staying in Switzerland. When she visited Afghanistan she was fascinated by the colours, faces and characters of the country. She captured a series of photographs on Afghan children.

Ghani, a graduate of PU, said, “I feel comfortable photographing women and win their admiration and confidence in return. I see women of Pakistan as strong and intelligent, fighting against odds with dignity and their pride.” He has exhibited his award-winning photographs internationally.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2012.


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