Join us for our upcoming webinar where we will be discussing ’South Asian art through the eyes of Wahab Jaffer’ on 9th February 2:00 pm GMT
The Asia Scotland Institute and the British Pakistan Foundation, in collaboration with the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation, are pleased to present a Zoom Webinar overview of “Father Figure: South Asian Art Through the Eyes of Wahab Jaffer”. The exhibition curated by Nour Aslam, Artistic Director of the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation was shown at Asia House in London in October 2019 and travelled to VM Art Gallery in Karachi where it was on display in January 2020.
The exhibition brought together the art collection of the celebrated Pakistani abstract artist and patron Wahab Jaffer. Alongside his own works inspired by the artists he supported and befriended, the exhibition featured works by some 20 artists from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Examining the artistic history of Pakistan and further South Asia, the exhibition explored how relationships with between artists such as Ahmed Parvez, Ali Imam and Bashir Mirza inspired Jaffer himself to begin painting and vice versa. Whilst many collectors remain influential figures in the development of an artist’s career, contemporary collecting is often associated with financial investment in which art is primarily viewed as a means to an end. By contrast, Jaffer’s nurturing relationship with many of the artists provides us with a more intimate lens through which to view the works in his collection. Leading the viewer on a journey through South Asian art from Pakistan to India and Bangladesh, “Father Figure: South Asian Art through the eyes of Wahab Jaffer” draws attention to the internal dialogues between the artists and the collector, revealing a relationship of mutual respect and admiration. Thus, we are urged to consider whether this kind of relationship can exist in the art world today, and how we might be able to foster a similar atmosphere of trust and inspiration.
Nour Aslam has been working as the Artistic Director for the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation since 2018. While working at the Foundation, in 2019, Aslam completed the Curating Contemporary Art MA from the Royal College of Art. Previously, she was based in Lahore for two years to join the Lahore Biennale Foundation as Director of Programs. Beforehand, Aslam was Head of Sale for the South Asian Art department at Bonhams Auction House also specialising in Middle Eastern Art.
The British Pakistan Foundation engages, unites and empowers the UK’s more than one million British Pakistanis, by bringing them together through a single platform, creating networks and making a real difference to their work and lives across the UK.
This event is being hosted in collaboration between the Asia Scotland Institute and the British Pakistan Foundation with the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation.