How Not to Do A Biennale, 2018
Salima Hashmi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
Hashmi is an artist, curator, educator and contemporary art historian. For LB01, she presented a brief satirical performance based on a character from the series written and performed on Pakistan Television by Shoaib Hashmi in the 1970’s. The character is a school marm from a municipal school who constantly admonishes the children, but in this case, it is errant artists that she admonishes.
Hashmi was Founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She taught at the National College of Arts, Lahore for thirty-one years, and was also Principal of the College for four years. She has written extensively on the arts. Select publications include: Unveiling the Visible: Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan (2003) and Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: The Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan co-authored with Yashodhara Dalmia in 2006. In 2014, she edited The Eye Still Seeks: Contemporary Art of Pakistan.
Commissioned by Lahore Biennale Foundation