Programs

LBF Virtual Museum | 75 Years of Cultural Histories of Pakistan

The LBF Virtual Museum is a platform for artists, creative practitioners, and visitors to create projects that investigate their shared cultural heritage and the legacies of creative practice that have emerged from it, with ‘place’ being a significant contextual frame. The museum will produce knowledge that will be rooted in the local domain and function as an online repository of data and research generated by itself and the project at large.

Programs

Lahore Sangat – Plaques

Sangat Lahore is paying tribute to the extraordinary women and men by putting up distinctive blue enamel plaques in their memory, at places where they lived or worked.

Public Outreach

artSPEAK | Borderlines: On Performative Practices

A discussion with Zoya Siddiqui and Farwa Hassan. At the first ever artSPEAK event, emerging artists Zoya Siddiqui and Farwa Hassan were invited to share their experience as the recipients of the Theertha Performance Platform Award, and to expand upon how their practice related to performance art. The talk took place at Gallery 39K on June 8, 2015. Zoya Siddiqui, a visual artist, is a recent Beaconhouse National University graduate based in Lahore. Farwa Hassan graduated from the Beaconhouse National University in 2014 and has showcased her works in Lahore and Islamabad. Zoya Siddiqui, a visual artist, is a recent Beaconhouse National University ... More

Research

LBF Research Fellowship – 2015

The LBF Research Fellowship - 2015 was awarded to the UAE-based writer and researcher Saira Ansari to document the archives of the pioneering modernist artist, Zubeida Agha (1922-1997). The Fellowship was developed in collaboration with Asia Art Archive based in Hong Kong, and the archive is available on the AAA platform here.

Publications

LB02 Guidebook

The 200 page Guidebook provides extensive information on the sites, artists, and themes of the Lahore Biennale 02: between the sun and the moon. Works exploring human entanglement with nature revisit traditional understandings of self and their cosmological underpinnings. The latter derives, in part, from astronomy, a discipline that made important strides amidst cultural and intellectual exchange between South and West Asia. For centuries, inhabitants of these regions oriented themselves with reference to the sun, the moon, the constellations. between the sun and the moon 12 How might we reflect on our place within the cosmos today, at this conjuncture ... More

Public Outreach

Afforestation Lahore Group

The Afforestation Lahore Group is designed to encourage a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach amongst the fields of art and philanthropy in Pakistan which focuses on supporting research and development – by building relationships with private, government, institutional and corporate partners, both at domestic and international levels. Climate change presents a tangible threat and given its severity it is imperative to have all stakeholders united on one single platform. It is hoped that with this initiative ... More

Programs

Zinda-dil-a’an-e-Lahore – Billboard Project

Zinda-dil-a’an-e-Lahore – Billboard Project is an initiative of Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) in partnership with Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA), Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and Kinetic Pakistan. Curated by Qudsia Rahim, Executive Director, LBF; artworks of 16 participating artists were displayed between 24 Nov 2020 - 4 Dec 2020. Lahore is one of Pakistan’s cultural capitals and home to the arts and literature. As a response to the prevailing Covid-19 situation, the Lahore Biennale Foundation in partnership with the Punjab Horticulture Authority invited artists to take over billboards in various parts of the City as an artists’ response, and to ... More

Public Outreach

artSPEAK | Public Engagement through Art

The Lahore-based Awami Art Collective, a group of cultural practitioners, were invited to speak about their aim of bringing art to public spaces and why they considered such interventions to be of importance. Their ethos of celebrating diversity and enabling peaceful co-existence in a pluralist society particularly aligns them with the Lahore Biennale Foundation’s (LBF) own mission. The conversation covered the history of the collective as well as their recent projects and concerns, in order to reflect upon the context in which art can meaningfully engage with public space. The event was held at The Last Word on August 10, ... More

Research

LBF Research Grant – 2018

Announced in Summer 2018, the LBF Research Grant was intended for an individual or collective whose research focuses on movements and shifts in modern and contemporary art practice in Pakistan or its diaspora.

Publications

LB01 Guidebook

The 170 page Guidebook provides extensive information on the sites, artists, and themes of the Lahore Biennale 01. In order to address the dynamics of “public engagement” in the arts, LB01 will test the parameters of “art” and “public,” and contextualize this relation within the specificities of Lahore and in a global context. For this purpose, the LB01 will develop art in public spaces and public programs along with opportunities for critical thinking and practice in its Academic Forum. The frameworks of engagement will be varied; and will include tapping into Lahore’s public consciousness or collective memory, conversing with existing ... More