Pakistan News & Features Services
The Unicorn Gallery in Karachi organized the first art book fair of Pakistan on September 21 with the objective of encouraging dialogue and debate between critics, artists and readers besides creating awareness about the art history of the country. The art books remained on display at the gallery’s bookstore throughout the week.
The annual art book fair included a panel discussion on ‘Critical Issues in Art Writing in Pakistan’ while the fair featured book launches, documentary screenings, author readings and a book exhibition with limited and out-of-print books.
The discussion was moderated by Niilofur Farrukh, Editor of Nukta Art and President of the Pakistan section for International Art Critics Association.
The 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. They 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.