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Samvaad with Niilofur Farrukh | Ruby Jagrut | Art with Abir | Abir Pothi

The Samvaad between notable Karachi-based art interventionist Niilofur Farrukh and Abir Pothi’s Ruby Jagrut delves into the twin narratives of the neighbouring nations’ art histories, evolution and contemporary scenarios — both formed in the same crucible and yet inimitably diverse. The managing trustee of the Karachi Biennale Trust, Farrukh highlights her in-depth views on public art, regional art, and the place of decolonisation in the artistic zeitgeist. Farrukh also brings to the discussion her perspective from the extensive experience of decades in the field of art, her research and literary prowess, academic heft as an art historian, critic and curator, and anecdotes from travels in the pursuit of art. Her insight into the work of art stalwarts is an exercise in learning.

Besides serving as CEO of the Karachi Biennale, Farrukh has contributed as the Pakistan Commissioner at Tashkent Biennale, Asian Art Biennale and Kathmandu International Art Festival. She co-founded ASNA and co-curated four iterations of ASNA Clay Triennials, the longest running Triennial in the country. She is the President of AICA Pakistan and has served on the International Board of the International Art Critics Association. Farrukh has written extensively for national and international publications, and has been a longtime advocate for an interface between art and public audiences, curating outstanding exhibitions.


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