The Sanat Initiative is organizing an art exhibition featuring works by Adeel uz Zafar, Meher Afroz, Muhammad Zeeshan, RM Naeem and Scheherezade Junejo.
Entitled “Price Fixed”, the exhibition will take place at the gallery until August 11th. “Price Fixed”, the first exhibition organized by Abid Aziz Merchant, the co-founder of the Sanat Initiative, looks back on his experience of the last eight consecutive years. a commercial gallery in Pakistan and building global networks with artists and collectors.
In an uncertain economic system plagued by inflation, devaluation and disrupted capital flows, the art world is built on relationships, friendships and trust.
Reflecting on price negotiation and the intricacies of the art market itself, the exhibition explores what it can mean to maintain this important node as a constant and important supporting infrastructure in the art world. .
Adeel uz Zafar is an internationally renowned artist and art educator. Zafar holds a BFA with honors from the prestigious National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. Shortly after completing his studies, Zafar spent time working as an illustrator, an experience that greatly influenced his practice.
The form of his signature work has since evolved into a haunting representation of monochrome images, and his fascination with black and white pushes his medium and practice into new directions and the exploration of a moving image with connotations wider.
Always interested in history, Zafar relates to modern times and re-contextualizes timeline, evoking credibility, countries, conquests and losses that have occurred to shape social, cultural, religious and political identities such they show up today.
He is currently a tenured professor at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA), Karachi.
Zafar has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. He has presented his work at international art fairs, festivals and biennials, and participated in national and international art residencies. Zafar’s interest in telling a story so heavily steeped in modern history and the acceptance on the modern platform to broadcast it prompted him to dive into a first director’s film to make an abstract film at the arthouse slow motion.
“The End” brings out the ugliness and is a reminder of how intolerant we have become as a society and a nation. It was screened as an official selection at the prestigious UK Asian Film Festival in 2021 and was nominated for the Satyajit Ray (Ray of Hope) award. Meher Afroz, professor at IVSAA.
and member of the Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance Award from the Government of Pakistan in 2014 and an honorable mention at the 6th Asian Biennale in 1993 in Bangladesh.
Meher graduated with honors in fine arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, India, in 1971.
She has participated in numerous national and international workshops and residencies, including Studio RM International Residency in 2010; Workshop in Toulouse, France, in 1996; Painter Workshop at the Alliance Française, Islamabad, in 1995; Painter Workshop at the Goethe Institut, Lahore, in 1993; Printmaking Workshop with Walter Crump at the American Center, Karachi, in 1993 and Woodcut Techniques Workshop at the Kala Institute, San Francisco, USA, in 1991.
Meher’s work has been featured in notable publications such as 50 Years of Visual Arts in Pakistan (1997) by Professor Quddus Mirza, Pioneering Prospective (1998) by Niilofur Farrukh and Image and Identity (1999) by Dr Akbar Naqvi.
Meher has shown her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan, UK, Sri Lanka, Canada, Iraq, India, Hong Kong, UAE, France, Nepal, USA States, Bangladesh, Australia and Italy. She lives and works in Karachi.
Muhammad ZeeshanMuhammad Zeeshan was born in 1980 in Mirpurkhas, and received his BFA in Miniature Painting from the NCA in 2003. Zeeshan lives and works in Karachi, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at IVSAA. The direction he takes with a particular job is strongly determined by the medium in which he works.
However, motifs such as roosters run through his works and are reminiscent of his childhood in Pakistan.
He has exhibited internationally across Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Australia, participating in many international museum exhibitions.
His recent solo exhibitions include Money Provides, Culture Aspires II, Sanat Initiative (2021); Nangeli, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Money Provides, Culture Aspires, Sanat Initiative (2020); Serve with white gloves, Galerie Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin (2019); Art Dubai Solo Project, Sanat Initiative (2018); Refreshment, Sanat Initiative (2017); Contemporary Istanbul, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2017); Twitter by Funkier Than A Mosquito, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2015); One for the Birds, Gandhara Art Space (2014); Safar Nama, Canvas Gallery (2014) and “Siri” Special Series, Aicon Gallery, New York (2011).
His selected group exhibitions include Pretty Art For Pretty People, Sanat Initiative (2020); All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Art Dubai, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2017); Present Re-Inventions, Grosvenor Gallery, London (2014) and Havelian Express, CAIS Gallery, Hong Kong (2010).
His work can be found in private and public collections, including Hundal Collection, Chicago; British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, and was recently acquired by Pacific Asia.
Pasadena Museum, California; the Devi Art Foundation, India, and the Walton Family Collection, USA. His curatorial projects include Mera Safar, Zahoor ul Ikhlaq Gallery, NCA (2020) and Karachi Biennale 2019 (KB19). He also participated in many art fairs.