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Asia Society

Hanging Fire

Contemporary Art From Pakistan
Installation view of “Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan” at Asia Society, New York, 2009. Photo by ArtAsiaPacific.

It was perhaps inevitable that “the first United States museum exhibition to focus on contemporary art from Pakistan” would be read and discussed through the lens of the contemporary politics and problems of that nation. “Hanging Fire” opened during an American news cycle preoccupied, amid the din of suicide bombings and deepening US military and financial involvement in Pakistan’s affairs, with the prospect of a full-scale Talibanization…

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