Pakistan generally makes it to the headlines mostly due to wrong reasons nowadays. But behind all the geo-political turmoil, it has a rich tradition of culture, arts and music that generally goes unnoticed. Its actors and musicians have been working in the entertainment industry of neighbouring India for a long time. But what is lesser known is the new breed of contemporary artists who are making waves in the international circuit. More encouragingly, women have been at the forefront of this movement, which is no mean achieving in a highly conservative and patriarchal society. So, here is an attempt to introduce a few shining starts of the Pakistani art scene
SORAYA SIKANDER calls herself a fine artist trained in Western classical figurative drawing, working on a new visual language. A critically acclaimed painter, she has exhibited widely and showcased her work at major museums and galleries in London, Dubai, Dhaka, Singapore, Karachi and Lahore – her artworks are with major collectors. Soraya has spent several years training in fine arts at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), the Slade School of Fine Art and now at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA), focusing on drawing and sculpture. She recently held a TEDx talk on ‘Conditioning in Art’ and has been offered honorary MFAs, artist residencies, fair exhibits and commissions. Hello! Pakistan catches up with this young painter in London to discuss her latest art project.