The agency of international exhibitions and curatorial projects in the positioning of Pakistan’s contemporary miniature art

Dohadwala, Durriya (2014) The agency of international exhibitions and curatorial projects in the positioning of Pakistan’s contemporary miniature art. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The agency of international exhibitions and curatorial projects in the positioning of Pakistan’s contemporary miniature art
Synopsis:

Miniature art is an important component of the Pakistani art canon. Within a span of 66 years, since Pakistan’s independence, it has evolved from a traditional craft to a specialized degree course taught at the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore and into one of the most popular Pakistani contemporary genres to be exhibited outside the country. From a traditional technique of copying old masters, symbolic of the nation’s glorious Muslim heritage and identity, contemporary miniature has now become a genre that investigates technique, form and content often through subversion and the use of new media. The international positioning of Pakistani contemporary miniature art is unique – it is almost always a part of Pakistani contemporary art exhibitions but there have also been a number of exhibitions that solely exhibit contemporary miniature which signals its special place in the Pakistani contemporary canon. This study evaluates four major international exhibitions and projects namely; Manoeuvering Miniatures 20111, Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan 2004, Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration 2005 and Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan 2006/2010 to investigate the dominant positioning of contemporary miniature art within the realm of Pakistani art internationally. By critically evaluating the nature of these exhibitions, their curatorial strategy and their themes this study seeks to determine whether this positioning is the result of the agency of these international exhibitions and curators. The thesis also briefly considers the role of mega exhibitions in the construction of contemporary miniature’s location as the prime art of Pakistan.

Subjects: Art History
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 09:14
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 09:14
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/343

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