The Imran Mir Art Prize seeks to recognize emerging art practitioners in Pakistan, who demonstrate extraordinary promise and talent. The prize was instituted in 2014 to honor the legacy of the late artist Imran Mir. For the third cycle of the prize, the Imran Mir Art Foundation collaborated with the Lahore Biennial Foundation, and the award ceremony took place at the historic Lahore Fort during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Lahore Biennial.
An aspiring young artist drew on her sensibilities to come forward with a subject that long desired an ovation. Jovita Alvares’s solo show Wallflower reconnoiters the powerful presence of the Bougainvillea plant signifying it’s potent and commandeering relationship with the concrete structures of urbanization.
The Imran Mir Art Foundation presents ‘Wallflower’, a solo exhibition by the winner of the second cycle of the Imran Mir Art Prize, Jovita Alvares. The Imran Mir Art Foundation encourages and promotes young artists of Pakistan, true to the legacy of the late artist Imran Mir.
This exhibition of more than fifty works by the artist brings together some of his earliest works as well as his most recent explorations of form and space. “The Alchemist of Line” is curated by Nasreen Askari, Director of the Mohatta Palace Museum, and Durriya Kazi, the Head of the Department of Visual Studies at the Karachi University, who not only take us on a journey through four decades of the artist’s illustrious career but manage to highlight new narratives through the curatorial decisions they have made. The exhibit is divided into five rooms, each leading into the next, guiding the audience across a thematic presentation that creates new points of interest in the artist’s oeuvre.
We can’t wait to welcome you all to the Mohatta Palace Museum for the exhibition Imran Mir: The Alchemist of Line.
Imran Mir: The Alchemist of line is presented by the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, in the first-floor galleries of the Museum. The exhibition was curated by Nasreen Askari, the Director of Mohatta Palace Museum, and Prof. Durriya Kazi, Head of Department of Visual Studies at the University of Karachi. A previously published fully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition with original essays on the artist’s work.
The exhibition will be open to the public and on view from October 21, 2017 to October 22, 2018, at the Mohatta Palace Museum. The opening preview will take place on October 20, 2017. The opening of the exhibition aligns with the first Karachi Art Biennial.