Art and Activism: NO to Violence

Nomad Gallery & UNIFEM-Pakistan cordially invite you to the opening reception of

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 25th – December 10, 2008

Exhibition of Graphics and Photography by: K. B. Abro & Altamash Kamal

Ms Kishwar Naheed, eminent poet and activist will inaugurate the exhibition on November 25 at 5.00 pm. (sorry for delayed post :))


Nomad Gallery
House#22, Justice Abdul Rashid Road, F/6/1, Islamabad Tel: 0512273725

2 Comments so far

  1. wkhang on November 26th, 2008 @ 10:43 pm


  2. kaami on November 27th, 2008 @ 2:29 am

    Unfortunately, this kind of activism is becoming more and more inconsequential and catering to a very small privileged class which can sit, talk and walk. During and prior to 70’s, arts, particularly poetry had a much larger audience. University students and labour activists were inspired by revolutionary poets like Habib Jalib and Josh. Even hotel waiters used to hum verses by Faiz and Nasir Kazmi. Thus, inspired common folks were the ones who stood up to extreme tyranny only to be betrayed by their own leadership.

    Today we are faced with a very different kind of activism in our region i.e. religious activism, whereby, argument has been thrown out of the window and compliance is deemed mandatory, with media targeting the progressive forces, the need of the hour is to have a popular movement against it. The question then is how? When Arts today are being used solely for entertainment, opinion making has been thrown out of the window. The brave ones who try to stay away from commercial norms have a very limited audience and can’t make an impact. However there have been a few success stories, the most recent one by Shahzad Roy. He has used his craft to deliver a telling message through “Laga Reh” which has also found commercial success.

    Sadly in today’s Pakistan if you have a screwed up popular talk show host on your side you can indoctrinate millions, for better or for worst, unless, Art finds a way …

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