KARACHI: The holiday in connection with Kashmir Day, had provided a chance to Karachiites to visit Frere Hall and witness the ongoing activity Art Fest of Sindh Festival, here on Wednesday.
A large number of people visited the place while hundreds of people have been visiting the monument since Art Fest commenced at Frere Hall, where works of around 60 emerging and renowned artists are on display.
"I read in the newspaper that they are showing Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's collection here at Frere Hall, which is I decided to visit today, as it is a holiday and what way to spend it but witness the works collected by the great lady," said Anwer Khan a visitor.
It is necessary to mention here that there are two kinds of exhibitions running at Frere Hall, Sadequain Gallery: 'The Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Collection' comprising works by Pakistan's modern painters from Benazir's private collection; and 'The Modern and Contemporary Art Exhibition', showcasing works of emerging and established artists of the country.
Artwork features a vast colour palette and myriad mediums and expressions in painting, drawing, sculpture, miniature painting, performance art, installation and new media art.
An 18-year-old Sundas Ibrahim, watching Madiha Hyder's art piece 'Perfect Crime' commented that the artist marvellously showcased the violence in the country. "This kind of work express inner sensitiveness of the artist," she said, adding that unfortunately our newspapers are full of crime stories, particularly crimes against women.
The artwork, using acrylic prints depicts cuttings from different newspapers, telling about crime in the city and most of the news about violence against women.
An installation by Abdul Karim Solangi, a kinetic sculptor, at the entrance of Sadequain Gallery successfully grabs the visitor's attention due to its electric light work.
Solangi in the 3D technique has brought together three aspects of Sindhi culture portraying the music history of the province, along with legendary portrays of Sindh.
Hina Maqbool a spectator said, "The work is unique and the artist highlighted each and every thing with mini light bulbs enhancing the attraction of the art pieces."
Maqbool further said that Art Fest is a good platform to express the talent hidden in people of Sindh before the world. "Me and my husband have brought our kids with us and we are guiding them about the culture with the help of art pieces," she concluded.
Roohi Ahmed and Abdullah MI Syed who presented 'Kullah-Ree' at the exhibition depict the people of interior Sindh. The hardworking labourers carrying their well decorated axes with them as a symbol of bravery.
Ahmed Rizwan, who was informing his 9-year-old son about the inspired axes, commented that he considered such exhibitions a tool of learning for the upcoming generation. "People who live in Karachi are also unaware about the historical and cultural aspect of Sindh," he said, adding that this kind of exhibition should be organised every year.
On Wednesday Quddus Mirza also held a talk on art at Frere Hall, which was attended by a large number of people including various artists.
I read in the newspaper that they are showing Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's collection here at Frere Hall, which is I decided to visit today, as it is a holiday and what way to spend it but witness the works collected by the great lady”
Anwer Khan, visitor
The work is unique and the artist highlighted each and every thing with mini light bulbs enhancing the attraction of the art pieces”
Hina Maqbool, spectator
People who live in Karachi are also unaware about the historical and cultural aspect of Sindh”
Ahmed Rizwan, visitor