Data Visualization

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Data Visualization

After Delhi and Mumbai, Karachi is home to the region’s largest and most diverse art scene. Due to the lack of formal documentation, this fact has never been highlighted with confidence. KBT’s seminal research in the form of KAD attempts to investigate the nuance of this fact and paves the way to understanding the scale and melange of art practices that exist within the city.

Research for this project commenced in June 2016 and since then, the KAD team has worked through three summers, alongside research interns who compiled and updated comprehensive and inclusive information on members with an active art practice. To ensure the veracity of the data, triangulation was used as a validation strategy. Both primary and secondary sources of data were utilized for information. Where information was missing or lacking, available data was used.

All final lists were reviewed by a panel of experts to ensure transparency and authenticity of information and the research process.


Location based representation of

Artists on KAD



Gender based representation of

Contemprary Visual Artists on KAD


  • Men
  • Women
102
Men
84
Women

Gender based representation of

Art Critics & Writers on KAD


  • Men
  • Women
6
Men
17
Women

Gender based representation of

Calligraphers on KAD


  • Men
  • Women
14
Men
5
Women

Gender based representation of

Truck Artists on KAD


  • Men
  • Women
27
Men
1
Women

Karachi /Non Karachi based distribution of

Art Galleries on KAD in Percentage



Location wise distribution of Karachi based

Art Galleries on KAD



Pakistani Artists & Professionals No Longer in this World

Timeline 2006 – 2019


  • 2010

    Asim Butt

    Asim Butt was a painter with a practice rooted in activism. His works includes painting, public art & performance art.

  • 2011

    Usman Ghauri

    Usman Ghauri was an artist and educator with a diverse practice including painting, sculpture and print making.

  • 2011

    A. R. Nagori

    Prof. Abdul Rahi Nagori was an eminent Pakistani painter & educator with a body of work exploring socio-political themes. He was also the recipient of President’s Pride of Performance Award in 2010.

  • 2013

    Shafi Aqeel

    Shafi Aqeel was an art critic, Journalist and Writer known for his columns on art and literature in the national urdu newspaper Daily Jang.

  • 2014

    Shahid Sajjad

    Shahid Sajjad was an internationally acclaimed sculptor who worked with equal facility in wood and bronze. He introduced the Lost Wax Bronze casting technique in art in Pakistan. His work includes large scale national public art projects.

  • 2014

    Imran Mir

    Imran Mir was an artist, sculptor, designer and advertising trendsetter whose innovations shaped his persona and influenced his peers.

  • 2015

    Mansur Salim

    Mansur Salim had an experimental practice that pushed boundaries of medium & genre. He was the among the pioneers of Installation Art in Pakistan. He was also a painter, researcher & educator.

  • 2016

    Akbar Naqvi

    Akbar Naqvi was an eminent art critic and author of several books on art history, including the influential book Image and Identity: Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan and monographs on Sadequain & Shahid Sajjad.

  • 2017

    Saira Sheikh

    Saira Sheikh was an artist and an art educator with a practice which was critical and ground breaking.

  • 2017

    Anwar Muraj

    Anwar Muraj was a journalist who wrote prolifically on art and culture. He has contributed cultural commentaries to several books on Karachi.

  • 2017

    Shahid Hussain

    Better known as Ustaad Shahid belonged to the second generation of Truck Artists. He trained many of the well known truck artists today including Phoolji.

  • 2018

    Inam Raja

    Inam Raja was devoted to Illustration and was a prolific Digest Artist. He was an integral part of the local digest culture.

  • 2018

    Shakeel Siddiqui

    Shakeel Siddiqui was a prominent painter who introduced Hyper Realism in Pakistan. His extensive body of work is currently with collectors in Pakistan and Abroad. He was also an educator and curator.

  • 2019

    Madiha Aijaz

    Madiha Aijaz was an artist and educator with a practice in photography and film. She is known for her book Call to Conscience and her documentary These Silences Are All the Words.

  • 2019

    Jamil Naqsh

    Jamil Naqsh was among Pakistan’s most prominent artists. He was the recipient of many awards and exhibited in Pakistan and Internationally. There is a museum dedicated to his work in Karachi.

  • 2017

    Ibne Kaleem

    Hafiz M. Iqbal Khan Ahsan Nizam, known as IBN-E-KALEEM was a calligrapher and inventor of Khat-e-Ra’ana. He earned the title of Khattat Haft Qalam – master of 7 calligraphic styles and was acclaimed internationally.

  • 2017

    Tassaduq Sohail

    Tassaduq Sohail was an acclaimed artist who regularly exhibited nationally and internationally. There is a gallery dedicated to his works in the National Museum, Karachi.

  • 2019

    Neini Rafi

    Nadia Faisal, also known as Neini Rafi, was an entertainment journalist who through her extensive coverage of art exhibitions via media bought art into the public domain.

186
Visual Artists
19
Calligraphers
28
Truck Artists
23
Art Critics & Writers
29
Art Galleries
19
Art Institutions
3
Art Libraries
4
Art Museums
9
Cultural Centers
5
Art Platforms
6
Art Publications

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