AAN Gandhara Art Space offers a space in the city of Karachi where museum quality exhibitions of a longer duration are shown and encouraged. One of the key roles is to offer a place for the public to enjoy stellar exhibitions at home. The role of art patronage is not just providing support to artists but also to art professionals who have made this their chosen field, enabling them to weave the narratives which will enable audiences to have a truly meaningful experience.
The exhibition programming is very robust and has always aimed to stretch the boundaries of exhibition making. With ‘Whitewash’, Gandhara in 2011, was the first space to show video and sound installations as well as performance art in one exhibition and in a single space. Artists therefore have always used the space creatively. It could be Abdullah Syed hurling rocks at a wall to create his installation or Atif Khan creating an in-situ installation by painting on the floor of the gallery. Both artists were part of the ‘Whitewash’ exhibition. Exhibiting a six-channel video installation by Bani Abidi at her solo exhibition and showing Ayesha Zulfiqar’s sand sculptures and installations in the space are just more examples of the ease with which Gandhara faces challenges in exhibition making.