I’m not new to blogging, I made my first blog in 2013 and have been consistent ( only occasionally cut off) since 2013 – though I was never comfortable in sharing my blog with friends and family except for the ones at home. I have been writing consistently for publications, national and a few international later on but in the ‘blog-situation’ the unknown, across continents and exchanging ideas and life with minds that connected …was/is beautiful – and that was enough.
This new blog that I’m ready to share with anyone and everyone comes out of a certain urgency: to trace and collect pieces, madness, joy and the dilemmas of art around me – to question ‘is there anything that is not art?’ – specially in the South Asian context and global if I’m somewhere else. I’m a contemporary visual artist based in Lahore, Pakistan who was followed by research like an obsessed lover in running shoes – so obviously I gave in – and research has become the ‘curious-cat-nine-lives’ core of my practice… it gives roads and digs holes to/for my curiosity.
I am currently a lecturer at The National College of Arts, Lahore in the department of Cultural Studies, teaching both Mphil and undergraduate courses. I’ve been a practitioner since 2006 but intentionally and fortunately not lobbied – I stand for alternate spaces, fluctuating contexts and an independent, eclectic voice: polite, indifferent, concerned and dangerously courageous.