A travelling photographic exhibition “Ancient Silk Road Kingdom of Kucha” opened at COMSATS Art Gallery on Friday 6th November, 2020. The exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Guest for the event Worthy Rector COMSATS University, Islamabad Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal. The Guest of Honor H.E. Zhang Heqing (Director China Cultural Center Pakistan) joined the event online.
Rector CUI, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal in his address thanked the Cultural Counselor for choosing CUI for exhibiting their cultural civilization. He also shared his down the lane memories from his visit to the Silk Road from Beijing to Guangdong. He highlighted the highest number of Chinese Alumni are serving in different campuses of CUI. He also stressed on mutual collaborations and exchange programs in the field of art and education. He further added that this exhibition showcases the landscape of China and these exquisite photographs are breath taking. It’s always a pleasure to work in collaboration with our beloved friend China and we look forward to more of such collaborations in future.
The guest of Honor H.E. Zhang Heqing, Director Cultural Center Pakistan appreciated the efforts of COMSATS Art Gallery and China Study Center for organizing this event. He enlightened the audience about the history of Xinjiang and explained that how the Silk Road had opened a new chapter in cultural exchanges and integration between East and West. He also said that China and Pakistan are close friends, trusted partners, good neighbors sharing all the weal and woe. He appreciated the efforts of COMSATS for having numerous cultural exchanges and cooperation for promoting cultural understanding between China and Pakistan.
Curator of the show and In Charge COMSATS Art Gallery Farrah Mahmood thanked the China Cultural Center in Pakistan for bringing this show to Pakistan which showcases the beautiful landscape of China. She said that Miniature and Calligraphy are two traditional forms of art which are common between China and Pakistan and we should collaborate to strengthen our linkages in the field of art and design. She also said that in recent COVID times when artists from both countries cannot visit for art promotion we should have online collaborative exhibitions.
Incharge China Study Center, Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch thanked all the participants specially the China Cultural Center in Pakistan for selecting COMSATS for this exhibition and mentioned that these kind of activities provides opportunities to strengthen cultural cooperation between China Cultural Center and COMSATS as well as our long lasting friendship between China and Pakistan.
This travelling exhibition documents the charm of Xinjiang China and has been show cased in China earlier. The photographic exhibition provides a glimpse into the history, the culture, and the magical nature of Kucha. The exhibition is divided into six parts showing the ruins of The Subashi Temple; The Kizilgaha Beacon Tower; The Tainshan Grand Canyon; Yardang Landforms; Duku Highway; The Big and Small Longchi Ponds Scenic area; Apricots of Kucha; Kucha Folk Costums, and The Earthenware of Kucha.
The exhibition can be visited online at http://ww3.comsats.edu.pk/asrk/ . The show will be on display till Friday 13th November, 2020.