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REVIEWS

KARACHI

Canvas Gallery

Masuma Halai Khwaja & Samar F. Zia

SAMAR F. ZIA, Politics of Nature, 2009, Conté, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and gauze on paper, 104.1 x 73.7 cm., Courtesy the artist and Canvas Gallery, Karachi.


Despite diverging styles and subject matter, Masuma Halai Khwaja and Samar F. Zia’s simultaneous solo exhibitions at Karachi’s Canvas Gallery both grappled with imminent loss. Khwaja paints in a naturalistic style, and addresses what she perceives as increasingly conservative social and religious views in Pakistan. Zia’s approach to painting is more expressionistic, and she places her focus on…

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