The Rising Tide
New Directions in Art from Pakistan1990-2010
Pakistani art has come of age on the world stage. As a result of growing international interest in Pakistan contemporary art offers another face to its identity, providing it with a much needed catharsis for a bruised global image. Curated by Naiza H Khan, the exhibition examined how Pakistani artists have engaged in space marked by multiplicity, colonialism, modernity and spirituality.
The multi-layered histories through which Pakistani artists continue to negotiate their ideas help us all to determine how we perceive ourselves as individuals as well as collectively. The Rising Tide offered us an opportunity to examine our art on our own terms and through a lens with relevance to the history of art. The works on display were drawn from the energy of artists working in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta, amongst other cities, to demonstrate the vitality and diversity of art practice in Pakistan.
Karachi has been a gateway for the absorption and dissemination of diverse artistic traditions for centuries. It is historically and culturally relevant to locate such an exhibition against the backdrop of the city’s cultural evolution and the position that the Museum occupies as a space for public interaction and exchange.
Introduction to The Rising Tide