Asahi Art Exhibition Opens at the Commune

The Asahi art exhibition at the Commune Artists Colony opened on Saturday April 9. The exhibition is being held to collect funds for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The word “Asahi”, means “rising sun” in Japanese.

The opening day saw many visitors including celebrities, members of the artistic community, and representatives of the media. On the second day the exhibition was also visited by Consul-General Japan, Ryo Ishikawa.

The Commune is located near West Warf, inside a compound comprising a group of converted warehouses which are used as studios, offices, and in this case, even as a cavernous gallery space.

The gallery featured work by Arif Mahmood, Abdul Jabbar Gul, Inam Raja, Imran Zeb, Farrukh Shahab, Nurayah Sheikh Nabi, Hadia Moiz, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi, Malika Abbas, Marvi Malik, Martin Williams, Haroon Ahmed, and Shahida Ahmed. The exhibition will run until April 15, and can be visited from 11 am to 6 pm. – Text and photography by Nadir Siddiqui/

The exhibition entrance, decorated with soft lights and a red carpet.

Ashraf Kalim – one of the organizers – walks into the spacious warehouse-gallery. A huge flag was hung like a curtain in the entrance.

A visitor views the work of Malika Abbas. The spiritually themed miniatures were titled “A Prayer”, “Sachal”, and “Sachal Sarmast (the shrine)”

A visitor admires a large painting titled “Mother Nature” by artist Inam Raja.

A visitor walks by the vibrant paintings of Haroon Ahmed.

A series of prints by Nurrayah Shaikh Nabi, titled “Insidious Parasite”.

Marvi Malik – one of the artists, discusses Farukh Shahab’s abstract portrait (pictured in the background) with a visitor.

Sublime, a print by Marvi Malik.

Sherry Rehman chats with friends after viewing the paintings, her daughter Marvi Malik is among the artists exhibiting at the gallery.

Yousuf Bashir, the curator of the exhibition, chats with visitors. Bashir is the owner of the Commune and also contributed his own paintings as well as an installation titled “Mazloom Tawaif”.


A wide view shows the cavernous space of the gallery, which was originally a large warehouse. On its first day, the exhibition was visited by almost as many media personnel as art enthusiasts.

A car drives out through the Commune’s dark compound at night after the exhibition.

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