Past Lahore Event: VOL 2

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@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Over the past 9 years of his life, Abrar Qazi has been an enrolled student and practitioner of communication design. He was exposed to the phenomenon of digitally enabled design processes, visualization and interactive design in 3rdyear Communication design at National College of Arts, Lahore. His interaction with the digital paradigms and installation art evolved into a constant reality, becoming a part of everything he creates.

Abrar's professional experiences with the world of visual communication have made him aware of the potential that design, coupled with innovative technology carries in reaching interactive media. Working at a gaming house soon after graduating in 2010 as a visual artist enhanced his skills in UGI and story development. Further Abrar received an opportunity to work in an advertising agency ADCOM Leo burnett on International brands like “SAMSUNG” and “TELENOR”. In recent times, he has a company by the name of ABR (ART BANK RESIDENCY), which deals in advertising, branding and digital displays. Their company introduces the idea of Projection mapping for the first time in Pakistan. This has made them work with brands like COMSATS INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DEUTSCHE WELLE, PAKISTAN TOBACCO COMPANY, PHA LAHORE, STYLO Shoes and many more.

Reel On hai as an initiative for the first time in Pakistan was a very fascinating call for Artist/Designers and it triggered my drive to participate in it. First Abrar and a group of co artists thought of an installation with use of reels into a big skate board to be placed in a public space. It included play areas, food stalls, sitting areas, and space for entertainment. Later it trickled down into a small installation a Kiosk, (Dhaba) with all its functional and aesthetic attributes. The response to this public installation was quite good, and the local people were very excited to see a good change in the zoo.

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Dimension Seven

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Burhan Khan has a background in fashion design and is currently working on metal and thread sculptures. In his presentation, Burhan shares inspiration from his travel and bakcpacking expereinces around the world since 2012. He is currently teaching as a visiting faculty at the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design and is studying music/singing in Hawaii from Ken Tamplin.

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Seedhi Line

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

“Let’s just say I have a knack for multi-tasking. And I will be talking and sharing my thoughts about my work in terms of ‘Transition’.”

Saleha Samad is a self-employed Textile Designer who graduated from Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design. She is the Managing Partner and Creative Head of SALEHA SAMAD Designer Wear & Design House (Digital Print Design Making – Apparel). She also performs as Creative Décor Head for HMW Events & PR and Creative Consultant for HMW Printers (Paper Printing only). She also constructs ‘Charity Drive’, ‘Clothing Drive’ & ‘Food Drive’ along with her colleagues and friends in order to provide food and necessary goods to those in need under a collaborative group called: “HMW Foundation”.

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Process of Design

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Ali Murtaza is a Lahore based designer and educator, specializing in industrial and interaction design. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Information Technology University (ITU), and works as a design consultant for various design firms, tech companies and startups. As a consultant, he has previously worked for Dolby Laboratories, GRID Impact, Coke USA, Audi, the Biomimicry Institute, and Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL), among others. He is also a Fulbright alumnus, and Rajeev Circle Fellow, and Director of the fellowship's Digital Arts and Technology program.

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Unfinished conversations with Lahore

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Nashmia Haroon has been practicing photography, both for commercial and artistic endeavours, since 1998. She received a BFA degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2004. Nashmia worked for a year at the New ID Studios Manchester/London, UK as a freelance photographer and make-up artist and followed it up with a brief stint as a teaching assistant and counsellor for the Eli Whitney museum in New Haven, Connecticut, USA in 2006.

In 2007, She moved back to Pakistan and joined Beaconhouse National University (School of Visual Arts and Design), Lahore as a Lecturer in Studio and Documentary Photography. Nashmia has held several photography workshops for students, with Pakistani and International photographers as guest speakers.

She completed her MA (Hons) in Visuals Arts in 2012, and since then has been  an Assistant Professor at The National College of Arts, Lahore teaching drawing, sculpture and photography and is at an honorary position as the Thesis Coordinator for the undergraduate program of the Fine Arts Department.

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New Work Environments

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Fatima Rafique is a professional graduate of Architecture (NCA, Lahore) and currently run an architectural company call Taazeen Architecture and Design. She has participated in several international competitions and was nominated as the finalists for a luxury architectural project in Istituto Marangoni, Milano, Italy in 2015.

Fatima has designed for projects of all scale, from designing a massive entertainment complex (We Play, Islamabad) to a small coffee table and everything in between. My international projects includes the interior design of nail bar in Buffalo, New York, USA called Happy Feet Nail Bar and collaboration for an international furniture company for the showcase of their products in the upcoming Maison et Object 2018.

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Chota Mota Theatre

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 03, 2018

Sarah Zahid lives, works and overworks in Lahore. She is a 2007 printmaking graduate from National College of Arts, Lahore and has continued her art practice on and off through the years. She has taught Art history at PIFD for 5 years while alongside teaching theatre at the LGS JT, Junior and Middle school for girls from 2010 to date. In 2014 she co-founded her non-profit theatre company with her husband, called ‘Chota Mota Theatre’ which lives by the slogan of ‘theatre of the people, for the people, by the people’ as they want to spread theatre and its power to all ages, ethnicities and communities. She also writes art reviews and essays for Nigaah Art magazine and maintains her blog which voices her thoughts on child development, psychology and pedagogy through her personal research and study as well as her experiences as a teacher, a mother of two, a Pakistani female and a believer in never to give up.

Abrar Qazi
visual communication designer , Business owner in lahore
Nashmia Haroon
Visual artist in Lahore
Sarah Zahid
Dramatics Instructor, LGS JT Girls branch in Lahore
Saleha Samad
Textile Designer, self-employed in Lahore
Ali Murtaza
Designer and Educator, Information Technology University in Lahore
Fatima Rafique
Designer, Self employed at Tazeen Architecture and Design in Lahore
Burhan Khan
Fashion Designer and Artist, Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design in Lahore