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Salima Hashmi

Paradise Found & Lost

By Murtaza Vali

The National Art Gallery marked a turning point for Pakistani contemporary art, but political unrest compels a pioneering curator to take the show on the road

In August 2007, Pakistan celebrated its 60th birthday in style, unveiling the long awaited National Art Gallery (NAG) in Islamabad, proudly projecting contemporary Pakistani art onto the world stage. Salima Hashmi (see Almanac 3), dean of the School of Visual Arts at Beaconhouse National University, was one of 12 independent curators responsible for the institution's inaugural program of

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