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New Documentary Forms: Tate Modern PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 October 2011 11:53
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By Zehra Naqvi

 

'With photography, however we encounter something new and strange: in Hill's Newhaven fishwife, her eyes cast down in such indolent seductive modesty, there remains something that goes beyond testimony to the photographer's art, something that cannot be silenced, that fills you with an unruly desire to know what her name was, the woman who was alive there, who even now is still real and will never consent to be wholly absorbed in art.'  -Walter Benjamin.

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Review: The Home Coming PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 September 2011 21:25
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By Shiroma Silva

 

It’s bleak, it’s double edged, tight, wry and very witty. Yes it’s Harold Pinter, the grand auteur of British theatre, this time played by the Royal Shakespeare Company at its home in Stratford upon Avon. Directed by David Farr, Pinter’s play remains engaging and as ever watchable.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 22:57
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Macbeth: review PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:41
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By Shiroma Silva

 

“Fair is foul and foul is fair: hover through the fog and filthy air” – ominous utterances usually spat out through the mouths of evil women instead emerge from the lips of babes. Because in Michael Boyd’s new production of the doomed play, the vile trio is not played by the conventional witches, but by angelic looking Victorian chimney sweep children who descend onto stage on harnesses to deliver their eerie message. It’s all part of Boyd’s brave staging in the first production on the RST’s newly transformed stage in Stratford, where an original use of set and 3 dimensional space breathes life into a well-worn play, adding an intrigue to this sombre affair that keeps the audience onside.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:46
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The Unseen War – Exhibition on Drone Strikes in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:01
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By Rubia

 

An exhibition recently opened in London showing the impact that drone attacks are having on Pakistan. Noor Behram is a journalist from Waziristan who has been documenting the aftermath of drone attacks for the past three years. Behram set about collecting images of children and women injured or killed by drone strikes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:27
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Mini-reviews of books I’ve read recently PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 16:15
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By Ahsan Butt

 

Reviews of stuff I’ve read recently, in alphabetical order according to authors. As always, absolutely no poli sci books; this is stuff I read on the bus and subway and as such needs to be far away from the stuff I have to read.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 16:29
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Haal: story of 1980s Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 20:48
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By Assad Zulfiqar

 

Set in 1980's Pakistan during the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq, Haal is a film about how the junta used Islamism as a tool to suppress the media and suffocate the arts. Told through the eyes of a journalist (Omar) and a Kathak dancer (Mehr), the film weaves the story of how Pakistan became a slave to the rightwing Islamist mindset. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 21:23
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M.F Husain: A Man of Renaissance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:03
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By Zehra Naqvi 

 

Fearless strokes of vibrant colors and shapes dominate the canvas existing right on the border of beauty and ugliness; Maqbool Fida Husain was a master at expressing and embracing duality. With his free flowing white hair and bare feet he was an expression of simplicity despite being one of the highest earning painters in India.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 16:06
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Celebrating Faiz in London PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:42
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By Zehra Naqvi 

 

In these politically turbulent times when every attempt at speaking freely comes with a feeling of dread, a tinge of fear for ones own wellbeing Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poem Bol stands as a tribute to expression. Faiz expressed himself with fearless abandon, in person he was humble and soft spoken but in ink his words were insightful and brutally honest which even resulted in his imprisonment. His less political works are full of simple but powerful imagery, encapsulating feelings of love and loss.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:51
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Let Art Be PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 01:54
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By Zehra Naqvi 

 

Artists exist on borders, continuously striving to extend them or push them, crossing them to see what the view looks like from the other side. If nothing else they question them. Some going as far as Marcus Harvey depicting a collage of Myra Hindley, a hated figure in Britain, while some like Anish Kapoor prefer a much more abstract way of expressing themselves. But Muslims seem to have placed a restriction on the representation of Islam that prevents people, or more specifically artists to explore and question without inhibition.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2011 00:20
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