Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Hardback Asia Society

Contributions by Iftikhar Dadi, Contributions by Carla Petievich, Contributions by Ayesha Jalal, Contributions by Quddus Mirza, Contributions by Naazish Ata-Ullah, By (author) Salima Hashmi, By (author) Mohsin Hamid, Preface by Melissa Chiu, Foreword by Vishakha N. Desai

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 310mm x 23mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 6 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300154186
  • ISBN 13: 9780300154184
  • Illustrations note: 17 b/w + 78 color illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,162,935

Product description

Accompanying the first U.S. museum exhibition devoted to contemporary art from Pakistan, this dynamic catalogue provides a groundbreaking look at recent and current trends in Pakistani art. Hanging Fire covers a fascinating range of subjects and media, from installation and video art to sculpture, drawing, and paintings in the "contemporary miniature" tradition. Essays by distinguished contributors from a variety of fields, including Salima Hashmi, Pakistani-American sociologist and historian Ayesha Jalal, and the celebrated novelist Mohsin Hamid, place contemporary Pakistani art in a cultural, historical, and artistic perspective. The book's title, Hanging Fire, alludes to the contemporary economic, political, and social tensions--both local and global--from which these artists find their creative inspiration. It may also suggest to the viewer to delay judgment, particularly based on assumptions or preconceived notions about contemporary society and artistic expression in Pakistan today.

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Salima Hashmi is dean of the School of Visual Arts at Beaconhouse National University in Lehore, Pakistan.