An alum. An idea. An arts scene: An exhibit!

pakistani contemporary art A couple of years ago, Michael Schuster, curator of the East West Center Gallery, was at a conference in New Delhi where he briefed folks on the Gallery and its works.

He was approached by Dr. Arjumand Faisel, a physician, artist, gallery owner and — not coincidentially — an alum and President of the Islamabad Chapter of the East West Center Association. “Why not an exhibit on Parkistani contemporary paintings?”

And so, after several years of work and considerable logistics, the exhibit is ON.

One of the purposes of the exhibit, Schuster said, is to demonstrate the diversity and creativity of the Pakistani art scene. “So much of what we hear about Pakistan today is monochromatic,” Schuster said, with the media focusing on political turmoil, Islamic fundamentalism and the like.

“This is actually such a complex culture,” he said.

To read a review of the exhibit from the Honolulu Advertiser, including a chat with Arjumand Faisel, go HERE.

To see what is being said in the Pakistan media about this exhibit, go HERE.

To hear a radio report on the exhibit from Hawaii Public Radio, go HERE.