Islam in Pakistan: Sectarian Violence in the Art Scene

Saud Baloach near his sculpture "No Fear" // Photo by REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Saud Baloach near his sculpture “No Fear” // Photo by REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Reuters ran a feature story on the contemporary art scene in Pakistan and how the country’s sectarian violence is now “creeping” into the work of young artists. The artists are responding to the Sunni violence against Shi’ites through their art. While political and social change have been subjects of art in Pakistan, curator Zahra Khan says, “Recent turmoil has sparked a new trend, and artists are now looking inward.”

"Blessings Upon the Land of My Love"

“Blessings Upon the Land of My Love”

Read the full story here.

Pakistani art has been on the rise since the 1980s and one artist, Imran Qureshi, was named Deutshce Bank’s “Artist of the Year” for 2013. The story notes that “Qureshi has talked of the bloodshed in his homeland being the inspiration for an installation of white interlocking bricks, which are splashed with red paint in the shapes of flowers and splotches of blood” (right). An index of his work can be found here.

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