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Art Speak


artSPEAK is a public programme initiated by Lahore Biennale Foundation in 2015 to provide a platform for critical discourse on diverse topics by creative practitioners. artSPEAK has initiated discussions on performative practices, artist residencies, pedagogy, and representations of gender minorities. There has been a particular focus on fostering new disciplinary connections with the aim of sparking fresh discoveries.

For LB01, artSPEAK will continue this ethos by engaging with practitioners whose work is part of the Biennale. This series of lectures and panels curated by Aziz Sohail will highlight elements of artistic practices, with the audience being a key interlocutor. It allows for the audience to engage with the work on display, and for the artists to re-examine their own practices.

Academic Forum -

Academic Forum


The Academic Forum is an integral dimension of the Lahore Biennale 01. It aims to foster broad and imaginative discussions on art, culture, and society by bringing comparative and cross-disciplinary perspectives from other locations to Lahore. The Academic Forum brings over a dozen distinguished international curators, critics, and scholars to give public lectures, participate in panel discussions, conduct workshops, and do studio visits with local artists. Topics selected have comparative relevance for the artistic, academic, and public context of Lahore. Themes addressed include the transaction between studio practice and social engagement; the relation of art practice to history, memory, and place; and the role of institutions in engendering artistic practice, critical thinking, and public debate.

The Academic Forum aims to engender fresh insights to the practice of art in Pakistan and to the vital role institutions can play in developing rich and meaningful debates on culture and society. It will strengthen relationships between the art and academic world of Pakistan, and international curators, scholars, universities, and museums. All speakers will conduct studio visits with local artists, exposing their work to key international curators and scholars. Dedicated workshops that focus on critical art writing, curatorial practice, the contemporary mediascape, and art and climate change are scheduled. Edited transcripts of the talks and discussions will be later published as the Lahore Biennale 01 Reader and will serve as an enduring resource for the future.

The Academic Forum is organized by Iftikhar Dadi. Dadi is an associate professor in Cornell’s Department of History of Art. He is the author of Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (2010) and the edited monograph Anwar Jalal Shemza (2015). He has co-edited Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (2012); and Unpacking Europe: Towards a Critical Reading (2001). Dadi serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Archives of Asian Art; Bio-Scope: South Asian Screen Studies; and Art Journal (2007-2011). He is advisor to Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), and co-director of The Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University. Dadi received his Ph.D. from Cornell University

Academic Forum and its workshops are supported by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)