A unique Pakistani art exhibition has proved such a massive success at London’s top restaurant Chor Bizarre, that is has extended its stay.
‘From Khyber to Karachi’, which showcases everyday objects that have been painted in line with one of the country’s long-standing traditions, truck art, will be available for view at Chor Bizarre’s Art Gallery until December.
The exhibition includes truck art items ranging from the purely decorative to the functional – enamelled utensils commonly used in roadside restaurants as well as wall hangings, mirrors, key chains, oil lamps, boxes and other interesting and collectable items – all available to purchase.
Entrepreneur Anjum Rana, whose creations allow the general public to bring this beautiful and intricate work into their homes explains the popularity of the art:
‘Truck art is very popular in Pakistan; you will not see a single truck or bus that is not painted. The biggest challenge is to gain respect for this art and the artists and to bring it into the mainstream. I am delighted to see that there has been a keen interest over truck art exhibition in London’.
Pakistani High Commissioner Dr Lodhi inaugurated the exhibition earlier last month and showed great respect for the art. She acknowledged that Pakistani truck art is a distinct folk art representing the creativity and aspiration of a large number of Pakistanis, which has long gone un-noticed in the west. However in Pakistan this stunning visual signature of individuals can be seen on trucks driving across the country, literally from the Khyber to Karachi.
So whether you’re looking for the perfect Eid, Diwali or Christmas gift…or just want to jazz up your house, ‘From The Khyber to Karachi’ Exhibition is not to be missed.
From The Khyber to Karachi – An Exhibition of Tribal Truck Art takes place at Chor Bizarre, 16 Albermarle Street, Mayfair from September 2007 – December 2007.