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Gandhara-art @ Art HK12
17 May,2012

Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi are the pioneers of the Neo Contemporary Miniature Art Movement which emerged from Pakistan in the 1990s. Both are graduates of the National College of Arts, in Lahore Pakistan. Since then Khalid and Qureshi have shown their works in numerous international galleries, biennials, museums, and art fairs.

Qureshi is the recipient of the Sharjah Biennial 2011 Jury Prize for his site specific installation 'Blessings upon the Land of My Love' and his work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, MOMA Oxford, Asia Society Museum New York and the Singapore Biennial amongst others. Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, where he teaches at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Khalid has just been short listed for the Victoria & Albert Museum's Jameel Prize and her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the Whitney Biennial, the Belvedere Museum, Vienna and a mid career retrospective at the Pump House Gallery in London. Khalid lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

Khadim Ali received his BFA in miniature painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2003. Ali draws on imagery from sources including the Shahnamah-The Persian Book of Kings and the Bamiyan Buddhas as his inspiration as he is originally from Bamiyan. Ali’s work was included in the Asia Pacific Triennial, 2006 and is currently being exhibited at Gemak, Gementee Museum, Netherlands. He has recently completed residencies at the Fukuoka Museum of Asian Art, Japan and the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia and now is preparing to participate in Documenta(13), 2012 in Kassel, Germany. Khadim lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Atif Khan, (born 1972, Pakistan), graduated (with distinction) in 1997 in Fine Art from the National College of Arts in Lahore and in 1998 was awarded the UNESCO-ASHBURG Bursary, completing a residency at Darat-al-Funun in Amman, Jordan. He received Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award in 2007. He was also appointed artist in residence at the Swansea Print Workshop in Wales, London Print Studio in England and Glasgow Print Studio in Scotland, during the years 2005 to 2008. He has participated in art workshops in India, Bangladesh and Jordan. He has exhibited throughout Pakistan, India, USA, UK, Australia, Dubai, Jordan, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2012, he is participating at ‘India Art Fair’ in New Delhi and ‘Art HK 12’ in Hongkong. Alongside his artistic practice, Khan is the faculty member at the NCA in Lahore, Pakistan.