Peace Museum receives painting from renowned artist Salima Hashmi

The Peace Museum is delighted to announce that it has been gifted a painting from one of Pakistan’s most renowned artists, Salima Hashmi.  The donated work, Rain 1, is part of a series of works that Salima produced in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake that had a devastating effect on Kashmir – primarily in Pakistan but also in India.  The effects of the earthquake led to the opening of a number of crossing points on the Line of Control between India and Pakistan in order to facilitate humanitarian relief work.  This glimmer of grace, in the aftermath of a horrific natural disaster, was as if Nature itself was trying to help create peace between two countries that had so much shared history and culture and the painting, Rain 1, stands as a powerful comment on the momentary but important peace that was established between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of this cataclysmic earthquake. Salima formally presented the painting to the Chair of the Trustees of  The Peace Museum, Clive Barrett, and the curator of The Peace Museum, Julie Obermeyer,  on stage at the National Media Museum, Bradford, on 10 June 2011. Clive Barrett said “We are delighted to be gifted this wonderful work.  The fact that an artist of Salima’s renown has been moved by the philosophy and the work of The Peace Museum is a wonderful endorsement of the work we are doing”. Salima Hashmi said “The Peace Museum is doing impressive work, particularly with children and young people.   It is a pleasure to gift a painting that so reflects their ethos.” Salima came to Yorkshire in early June for a programme of readings from the works of her father, the legendary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz in the centenary of his birth.

About the artist: Salima Hashmi

The artist, academic, broadcaster, documentary film maker and human rights activist Professor Salima Hashmi is undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s most acclaimed artists.  Her works have been extensively exhibited in Pakistan and in international exhibitions in the U.K, U.S.A, Australia, India and in different countries in the Middle East.  She has written a number of seminal publications on the arts, and has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and traditional textiles, within Pakistan as well as abroad such as An Intelligent Rebellion: Women Artists of Pakistan (1994-95, UK and France), Draped and the Shaped: Textiles from Pakistan (1997, UK)) and Hanging Fire (2009, New York). A number of her works are held in the collections of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford.  She was the co-founder of the Rohtas Gallery in Islamabad, established in 1981, and established Rohtas-2 in Lahore in 2001.  Rohtas features the work of emergent artists. Salima has taught at Pakistan’s prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore (NCA) for about thirty-one years and served as the Principal of NCA for four years.  In 1999, she received Pakistan’s prestigious Pride of Performance award.  She is currently the Dean of the School of Visual Arts at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Salima is a member of Amnesty International, the Pakistan Peace Initiative to India after 2009 Mumbai Attack and Vice-Chair (Punjab) Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

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