To encourage dialogue and debate between critics, artists and readers and to create awareness about Pakistani art history, the Unicorn Gallery organised the first art book fair of Pakistan on September 21.
The annual art book fair included a panel discussion on ‘Critical Issues in Art Writing in Pakistan’. The fair featured book launches, documentary screenings, author readings and a book exhibition with limited and out-of-print books.
This discussion was moderated by editor of NuktaArt and president of the Pakistan section for International Art Critics Association, Niilofur Farrukh. This year’s panelists included art critic, editor of ArtNow and faculty member at National College of Arts, Quddus Mirza, geometric artist, arts educator and faculty fine arts at Karachi University, KSA, Rizwanullah Khan and curator and arts professor at Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Taimur Suri. The panelists closely examined the topic through the lens of their experience and with focus on possible solutions.
The fair is one of the gallery’s most popular events, enjoying wide popularity in Pakistan and abroad. It is open to all, and attended by arts and non-arts professionals who interact with a panel of art experts. It is a scholarly event aimed to give back to the community and create a better understanding and awareness of Pakistani art.
The art books will be on display at the gallery’s bookstore from Monday to Saturday from 11am till 8pm.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2013.
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