Maktab Project Opens at the Lahore Biennale


24 young artists create new works in the Lahore Fort

As part of the inaugural Lahore Biennale, the Aga Khan Museum and the renowned Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi have recreated a miniature painters’ workshop in the historic setting of the Lahore Fort. The project uses the miniature painting technique as a bridge between historic and contemporary arts. 24 young artists are part of the project, in which new works will be created within the historic setting of the Maktab of the Fort. The project runs from 18 – 31 March, 2018 and is a joint partnership between the Lahore Biennale Foundation, the Lahore Walled City Authority, the National College of Arts, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Pakistan, and the Aga Khan Museum. It is sponsored by Jubilee Life Insurance Pakistan.

Maktab means school in Arabic. The space in which the project takes place is believed to have been used as a school during the Mughal era, supporting learning within the palace complex.

The project has been documented through photographs and video and will appear on the website following its completion. All 24 artists will be profiled and images of their completed works will be included. Also included will be essays by three art historians who have been invited to write about the project within the Maktab.

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