WHERE ARE WE - Austrian Ambassador opens exhibition at COMSATS Art Gallery

Monday, May 30, 2016

An exhibition to promote intercultural understanding was jointly inaugurated today at the COMSATS Art Gallery (CAG) by the Ambassador of Austria to Pakistan, Dr. Brigitta Blaha, and In charge Islamabad Campus, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar.

The exhibition titled ‘Where are we?’ is part of the Austria-Pakistan Music and Arts Festival, initiated by Renald Deppe and organized by the Austrian Embassy in cooperation with Pakistani partner institutions. It will continue till Saturday, 28th May 2016 (opening hours: 10:00am till 5:00pm). Ambassadors of Italy, Spain and Switzerland also graced the occasion.

With this international art program, galerie hinterland - an independent art space based in Vienna, Austria - sets up its temporary home in Pakistan. It recently hosted an exhibition of Pakistani artists, curated by Aisha Khalid, in Vienna and is now presenting 13 artists from Austria in Islamabad.  

The first in this series of exhibitions, took place in June 2015 in Tehran, Iran before it moved to Vienna. Earlier this month, the exhibition was displayed in Lahore. The curator, Ms. Gudrun Wallenböck, who especially flew to Islamabad, eagerly interacted with art enthusiasts, among which were many diplomats, artists, art directors, who appreciated the CIIT’s efforts for promoting art and its positive impact on society.

The exhibition comprises works of thirteen Vienna-based artists, and showcases their visual interpretation of and understanding of “identity” and perception of history and historical images of “national” identity in a unique way. The artists include: Azra Akšamija, Vooria Aria, Carla Degenhardt, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Clemens Krauss, Constantin Luser, Stefan Arztmann, Lisl Ponger, Frenzi Rigling, Gabriele Sturm, Niko Wahl, Nives Widauer  and Ilma Rakusa.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Austrian Embassy Islamabad, galerie hinterland and the COMSATS Art Gallery (CAG), the coordination for which was done by Farrah Mahmood, who has been CAG’s curator its inception five years ago, when Rector CIIT, Dr. S. M Junaid Zaidi, provided artists a platform for focusing on a variety of visual art forms, including calligraphy, ceramics, photography and sculpture.

The gallery has been building bridges between Pakistan and various nations through a number of collaborations with embassies and other art galleries.

Interactive talk on 26th May 2016: Taking advantage of the presence of Curator Gudrun Wallenböck in Islamabad, CAG has organized an interactive talk on Thursday, 26th May 2016 at 2:00pm. Ms. Wallenböck and Farrah Mahmood will be discussing the possibilities and collaborations of such travelling exhibitions and share their rich local and international experience.

Click here for pictures: http://ww3.comsats.edu.pk/photogallery/obPics.aspx?Catid=70915

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