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An exhibition displayed at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi titled, ‘The Rising Tide,’ is a show with much to offer. Covering the ground floor of the Museum is the work of 42 artists divided into six categories: Cartographies of Intimacy; The Urban Transition; Languages of Belonging; Between the Real and the Fabricated; Imagined Worlds Envisioning Spaces and Ghosts in the Turret Room. The display described as: `New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990’ and curated by Naiza Khan, will be running for three months. The work includes installations, video art, paintings, ink jet prints, drawings and every kind of mixed media. - Photos by Hasaan Haider/Dawn.com

Managing Trustee of the Mohatta Palace Museum Trust, Mr Hameed Haroon talking during the opening of the exhibition.
Managing Trustee of the Mohatta Palace Museum Trust, Mr Hameed Haroon talking during the opening of the exhibition.
?It's a boy? by Hamra Abbas.
?It's a boy? by Hamra Abbas.
Imagining Worlds, Envisioning Spaces.
Imagining Worlds, Envisioning Spaces.
Prints by Arif Mahmood.
Prints by Arif Mahmood.
?Divine Invasion?, duratrans print on lightbox by Mehreen Murtaza.
?Divine Invasion?, duratrans print on lightbox by Mehreen Murtaza.
?After all it's somebody else who dies?, steel by Adeel Suleman.
?After all it's somebody else who dies?, steel by Adeel Suleman.
Digitall printed and bound by Imran Channa.
Digitall printed and bound by Imran Channa.
?Face it?, gouache on paper mounted on mirrors by Aisha Khalid.
?Face it?, gouache on paper mounted on mirrors by Aisha Khalid.
?Filter Bigots?, digi-prints by Asim Butt.
?Filter Bigots?, digi-prints by Asim Butt.
?Find the Real Jinnah?, digi-print on panaflex by Imran Channa.
?Find the Real Jinnah?, digi-print on panaflex by Imran Channa.
?The Address?, video and inkjet prints by Bani Abidi.
?The Address?, video and inkjet prints by Bani Abidi.
?The Flying Rug IV?, dollar bills and staple pins by Abdullah Syed.
?The Flying Rug IV?, dollar bills and staple pins by Abdullah Syed.
?Overloaded?, wood carving by Munawar Ali Syed.
?Overloaded?, wood carving by Munawar Ali Syed.
?Window on the world?, oil on canvas by Mansur Salim.
?Window on the world?, oil on canvas by Mansur Salim.
?The flying Rug of Drones?, box cutter blades and stainless steel by Abdullah Syed.
?The flying Rug of Drones?, box cutter blades and stainless steel by Abdullah Syed.
?Desperately Seeking Paradise?, sculpture by Rashid Rana.
?Desperately Seeking Paradise?, sculpture by Rashid Rana.
Quilt and painting, mixed media on diptych.
Quilt and painting, mixed media on diptych.
?You are my love and life's enemy too?, water colour on wasli by Imran Qureshi.
?You are my love and life's enemy too?, water colour on wasli by Imran Qureshi.
?I?ll be safe in my own mind?, ink on polyester film by Faiza Butt.
?I?ll be safe in my own mind?, ink on polyester film by Faiza Butt.
?Twisted Logic?, mirror glass, MDF and adhesives by Huma Mulji.
?Twisted Logic?, mirror glass, MDF and adhesives by Huma Mulji.
Wood carving by Abdul Jabbar Gull.
Wood carving by Abdul Jabbar Gull.
New media collective works by Mauj.
New media collective works by Mauj.
?Ghosts by the turret?, video program by Zarmeen? Shah.
?Ghosts by the turret?, video program by Zarmeen? Shah.
?Did you come here to find history??, digi-print on clear film by Nusra Latif.
?Did you come here to find history??, digi-print on clear film by Nusra Latif.
?Very very sweet Medina?, stainless steel, Perspex, LED, sound sensor, sound system and folder by Durriya Kazi and David Alesworth.
?Very very sweet Medina?, stainless steel, Perspex, LED, sound sensor, sound system and folder by Durriya Kazi and David Alesworth.
?Soul of a man dying?, acrylic on canvas by Anwar Saeed.
?Soul of a man dying?, acrylic on canvas by Anwar Saeed.
?Darkest Light?, mixed media on canvas by Samina Mansuri.
?Darkest Light?, mixed media on canvas by Samina Mansuri.
?Karachi?, colour pencils, ink, water colours, wax and pvc on gypsum board by Roohi Ahmed.
?Karachi?, colour pencils, ink, water colours, wax and pvc on gypsum board by Roohi Ahmed.
?Mobius Karachi?, cut-up maps by Roohi Ahmed.
?Mobius Karachi?, cut-up maps by Roohi Ahmed.
?99 Self Portraits?, pen, felt tip pen and ink on paper by Ayaz Jokhio.
?99 Self Portraits?, pen, felt tip pen and ink on paper by Ayaz Jokhio.
?City Scape?, natural indoor plants, electrical system including 24V DC motor, infra red sensor, DVD player and 5-inch LCD by Ehsanul Haq.
?City Scape?, natural indoor plants, electrical system including 24V DC motor, infra red sensor, DVD player and 5-inch LCD by Ehsanul Haq.
?Ek Shehr jo Udaas hai?, lenticular print by Farida Batool.
?Ek Shehr jo Udaas hai?, lenticular print by Farida Batool.
?Baked Delicacies?, baked bread by Nausheen Saeed.
?Baked Delicacies?, baked bread by Nausheen Saeed.

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Maira Nov 04, 2010 08:12am
Wow! The ideas projected are so diverse yet poignant. I wish I was in Pakistan to come view the exhibition but good job Dawn in bringing art & culture to the forefront...beats just hearing about tainted politics as usual!
Ashfaq Nov 04, 2010 10:21am
Captivating!
Sameer Nov 04, 2010 11:24am
I came to know about this exhibition today thanks to DAWN but can anyone tell me how can an individual find the current or upcoming exhibitions that takes place in Mohatta Palace? Is there any website or forum where I can get the updates ?
Inam Nov 04, 2010 12:14pm
Great work! Too far away from motherland to visit the exhibition, so thank you Dawn for highlighting the event.
murassa sanaullah Nov 04, 2010 02:17pm
a beautifully organised exhibition, i think a treat for cultural starved people of Karachi. such exhibitions should be advertised more by the media ,we know Karachi has talent and loves arts .
SIKANDER ALAM Nov 04, 2010 02:57pm
I APPRECIATE '' DAWN '' TO SPREADING THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE ART NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONALLY.
Adeel Nov 04, 2010 04:54pm
Karachisnob.com is a site which has latest updates on the goings-on in town and it covers exhibitions and latest news pretty well.The City page of the News and the Tribune are good too
S. A. M. Nov 04, 2010 06:54pm
Quite Crafty! Its too royal for a layman like me. I must say that I can do similar work particularly the one like "Quilt and Painting". The one I could understand was "Find the real Jinnah" and the one about Rug of Drones (something like this). The rest were simply pictures with colours. But seriously it is mcuh too abstract/absurd for a person not much into arts. It can be understood and appreciated by the devout art lovers. Had I been in Karachi I would have definitely paid a visit to see not only the paintings but also the Palace.
Mathew Hendrickson Nov 05, 2010 10:17am
Very impressive work.
Anna Nov 05, 2010 01:53pm
Excellent for Dawn to publish "a digital tour" of this art exbition. It allows also us - the readers in far-away countries, who follow the politics and other developments in Pakistan - to see the other side of Pakistan, not only the political problems. I also would like to know what happened to the rich archeological treasures, excavated sites in Mohendjaro, and others, when the floods covered so much of the country. Is there any coverage on Dawn on that?
Tariq Siddiqi Nov 05, 2010 02:36pm
great work . can some one guide me?? so can i be on mailing list to keep track of the events . i some how miss the events.. thanks