Pakistani, Scottish society’s integration display at National College of Art (NCA)
LAHORE: Depicting the multiculturalism between Pakistani and Scottish societies, exhibition titled ‘Migrantegration: Migration and Integration stories from Pakistan and Scotland’ kicked off at Zahoor ul Akhlaq Art Gallery of National College of Art (NCA) here on Monday.
Organised by British Council Arts Programme, the exhibition was curated by Assistant Professor at NCA and curator of Zahoor ul Akhlaq gallery Qudsia Rahim and Fazal Rizvi.
“Migrantegration” is an overview of migration and integration stories between Pakistan and Scotland in the last century. The exhibition carved out a poignant portrait of Scottish and Pakistani individuals and families who migrated and made either country their home.
The exhibition included photo display titled “A Scottish Family Portrait”, portrait display “The Social Painter”, documentaries on “Fragments of a Love Story”, “The Petman Girls” and slideshow of photographs of Kinnard College for women’s former principal “Isabella T. McNair”.
The display of photographs “A Scottish Family Portrait” was the collection of 14 family portraits taken by photographer Verena Jaukal who was specially commissioned in 2009 by Scottish National Portrait Gallery to photograph prominent Scots of Pakistani heritage. The 14 portraits represented 17 sitters and totalling 87 individuals.
The portrait display “The Social Painter” was the collection of 14 portraits by Henry Charles Hal Beven Petman. Hal came to Indian Sub Continent in 1920’s and made it his home. Despite the fact that he lost most of his wealth during partition, he professed Pakistan as his home and eventually died here in 1980. The exhibit of portraits presents the portraits he painted throughout his life, currently in personal collections in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
The exhibition also included the film “Fragments of a Love Story”, which explores the story of filmmaker Sana Bilgrami’s great grandfather who went to Edinburgh from India to study medicine.
A hundred years later, coincidentally living in Edinburgh herself, the director pieces together fragments of archive and fiction to tell the story.
Filmed by Taqi Shaheen, The Petman Girls is a documentary, which immerses itself in the lives of Pakistani women who were painted in their prime more than forty years ago by the artist, Hal Bevan Petman. Through their interviews, documentary acts as an open exploration of the artist behind the paintings and what was it like to be painted during those times in Pakistan. The film also documented these elegant and charming ladies as they look back at their paintings and talk about the times they were painted.
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