Two months ago no one would have even thought of passing by the Pakistan Chowk, in the Old City area, let alone attend an art exhibit. But since its rehabilitation in December, the Chowk is slowly becoming a centre for young artists to gather and experiment with art.
With sheds placed around the Chowk, on Sunday artists from across the city put up their work at a space designated as a gallery for visitors attending the Pakistan Chowk Art Fair.
The fair was organised under the Pakistan Chowk initiative which aims to restore old areas of the city through various art activities, including art classes.
Tehmeena Anwer, a student of Fine Arts who also lives across the Chowk said the place has become a hub for emerging artists irrespective of whether they are pursuing arts or not: “This was a wasted space since nobody could even think of walking past it owing to the strong stench, also since the area had an ineffective garbage collection system many people would just throw their litter here. However, now students, young people from all places including reputed art institutions join us as we all paint and draw together.”
Heritage consultant and architect Marvi Mazhar, who has been associated with the project, said the basic idea of making a public space into an art gallery was to show that artists who can’t display works in galleries can freely work and showcase their pieces here. She added that such steps could definitely enable people to finally reclaim public spaces.