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FOMMA Launches A Special Edition of Third Text Asia at 'Art Dubai'


Fomma's forthcoming title is a special volume of Third Text Asia (TTA) devoted to the theme "Art, Scholarship and the Arab-Muslim World".

It will be formally launched in Dubai at this year's international art festival "Art Dubai" in the Art Park area at Madinat Jumeirah on 18 March 2009 (5.30 pm) at the end of the day's session of the Global Art

TTA itself is the Asian abridged edition of the London art historical journal "Third Text (TT)" which aims at presenting critical perspectives on contemporary art and culture.

The special volume of TTA being launched in Dubai includes contributions from some of the leading contemporary writers and thinkers on the above theme. The Contents List and Notes on Contributors are appended.

Copies of this special volume will be offered at the launch event in Dubai at a special price of AED 50.

In Pakistan this special volume will be available for Rs 500 plus p.&p. Copies may be ordered from leading bookshops, or directly from Fomma. Members of the Fomma Book Club are offered a discount of 20% on the cover price.

List of Contents

Rasheed Araeen: Geometry in Islam
Hans Belting: The Double Perspective - Arab Mathematics and Renaissance Art
Rana Kabbani: Behind Him Lay the Great City of Cordoba
Mary Shemxa: Anwar Jalal Shemza - Search for Cultural Identity
Zeynep Celik: Colonial/Postcolonial Intersections - Lieux de Memoire in Algeria
Gil Hochberg: National Allegories and the Emergence of Female Voice
Omnia El Shakry: The Hidden Location - Art & Politics in the Work of Hassan Khan
Muqeem Khan: Design Methodology for Analysis of Indigenous Perceptions
Rustom Bharucha: An Othering of Muslims
Ihab Hasan: Fundamentalism and Literature

Biographical Notes on the Contributors:

RASHEED ARAEEN is an artist, writer and the founder of both "Third Text" (London) and "Third Text Asia" (Karachi). He has curated two important exhibitions: "The Essential Black Art" (1987), and "The
Other Story" (Hayward Gallery. 1989). He is a recipient of three honorary doctorates (PhDs) from universities of Southampton, East London and Wolverhampton. He is now directing a project that will
revise and produce a comprehensive and inclusive history of art in postwar Britain.

HANS BELTING is a distinguished Professor of Art History and has taught at the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich. As a visiting professor, he taught at the Universities of Harvard, Columbia, Chicago/Northwestern and Washington, USA, as well as the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris. He is a recipient of honorary doctorate from the Courtauld, University of London. His books include "The End of History of Art", 1987; "Art History after Modernism". 2001

RUSTOM BHARUCHA is an independent writer, director and cultural critic based in Kolkata, India. Author of several books including "Another Asia: Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin", he is presently Project Director of Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan located outside Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

ZEYNEP CELIK is Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her recent publications include "Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1014, (2008); and the forthcoming (co-editor) "Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image." (2009).

OMINA EL SHAKRY is an art historian teaching at the University of California, Davis. She is currently expanding her work on modern Egypt to include questions of visual culture and the relationship between aesthetics and politics.

IHAB HASSAN, author of several books, is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and two honorary doctorates (Uppsala, Giessen), among other awards. He has been regularly contributing to many journals including "Third Text".

GIL Z HOCHBERG is an Associate Professor at UCLA, USA, and her work centers on the relationship between 'Arab' and 'Jew' in contemporary Arab and Jewish literatures, and on the intersections among trauma studies, race theory, and postcolonial theory.

RANA KABBANI is a Syrian born writer and art historian. Her publications include "The Road to You and Imperial Fictions: Europe's Myth of Orient"

MUQEEM KHAN received his Masters of Arts in Indusrial Design, with specialization in computer graphics and animations, from Ohio state University, USA, in 1996; and is now an Assistant Professor at
Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar

MARY SHEMZA, herself an artist and ar teacher, is the widow of the Pakistani- origin British artist Anwar Jalal Shemza.


FOMMA Mourns The Death of Abu Shamim Ariff

The 9th of November 2008 will forever be remembered on a note of particular grief owing to the passing of one of our dearest trustees Mr. Abu Shamim Ariff.

Mr. Ariffs contribution to the arts in South Asia cannot possibly go unnoticed by any individual inside and outside of the Pakistani Art Community. He will best be remembered for his visionary thinking and incredible dedication to FOMMA's ultimate aims. He is an irreplaceable figure, for whom we all had the greatest respect.

Our condolences go out to his family and peace be upon him.

FOMMA will be pursuing a project dedicated to his memory and will post more details on the subject as they become available.l


September 2008 Update

Change in the Date & Scope of the proposed Launch Event at IIC in New Delhi

In consultation with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA)in Islamabad, and the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) and the IndiaInternational Centre (IIC) in New Delhi, the Foundation for the Museumof Modern Art (FOMMA) in Karachi, is working on new dates – as well asextended scope – of the launch event that was planned for Novemberthis year at the IIC in New Delhi.

It will now be organized sometime around autumn/winter 2009, and inaddition to a large number of recent art publications produced inPakistan, it will bring to New Delhi more than 100 works ofcontemporary Pakistani artists.

Jointly curated by a team of Pakistani and Indian art critics, theexhibition will be accompanied by a specially prepared catalogueincluding full-colour reproductions as well as a number of essaysreviewing six decades and more of the modern art movement as it hasdeveloped since the early years of Pakistan's emergence as a sovereignindependent country in 1947. Also included in the catalogue will bedocumentrary material on the art scene in the areas of Pakistan in andbefore 1947.

Fomma Book Club Online Casino

Fomma itself is a not-for-profit private sector non-governmental institution (See details below). In 2003 it initiated a modest artpublishing programme, and has so far produced eight titles. These aredevoted to monographs introducing and critically evaluating the workof individual artists as well as collections of essays dealing withvarious aspects of contemporary visual arts. The titles are modestlypriced on a non-profit and self-paying basis so as to reach as wide areadership as possible, and are offered for sale through normal tradechannels. Over the years, Fomma has built a small - and steadilygrowing - core of friends and well-wishers. They have recentlyproposed the setting up of a FommaBook Club (FCB) whose members – individuals as well as institutional –would be offered special terms (i.e. a discount of 10-20 % onpre-publication orders for 1-5 copies).

On Fomma's part, all revenues from sales and any sponsorship fundingreceived, is ploughed back to sustain the publications programme andtake it forward. So far Fomma has been within Pakistan. It is nowproposed to introduce these publications to a wider readership,specially in South Asia and the Gulf region. A number of book launchevents are planned in selected 'art capitals' in various countries.