Sunday, September 23, 2012

Participating in "From Chicago to Lahore" at the Chicago Cultural Center

I will be participating in this one day group show. Save the date!

For Immediate Release
Chicago Sister Cities International

Event Features the Visual, Media, Musical and Literary Arts of Pakistan

CHICAGO (September 19, 2012) – Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) brings Chicagoans a festive evening of cultural discovery with From Chicago to Lahore: A Cultural Nexus, blowing the winds of artistic heritage from Chicago’s sister city of Lahore, Pakistan across the globe right into the heart of the Windy City. The work of artists of various disciplines from opposite sides of the world, Chicago and Pakistan, come together for one night in this special event to highlight our similarities and celebrate the impact of the arts upon people of all cultures.

The Lahore Committee of CSCI presents From Chicago to Lahore: A Cultural Nexus on
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 6–9 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph Street) in the G.A.R Hall & Rotunda and the Claudia Cassidy Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

A food reception featuring an exhibition of visual arts and a brief speaking program takes place from 6–7:30 p.m. in the G.A.R. Hall & Rotunda. Film screenings, musical performances and poetry readings take place in the Claudia Cassidy Theater from 7:30–9 p.m.

The works presented range from renowned masterpieces to contemporary explorations in various media including paintings, photographs, music, films and literature by artists from
Lahore and throughout Pakistan, and artists from the Chicago area, whose work collectively
builds cultural bridges through artistic expression. Through the work shown, the evening brings together the energetic and vigorous cultural life of both cities.

The exhibition is curated by visual artist and printmaker Sadia Uqaili, the Arts and Culture Chair of the Lahore Committee of CSCI, and showcases the works of masters as well as contemporary artists such as Syed Sadeqain Ahmad Naqvi, Ismail Gulgee, Bashir Mirza, Naheed Raza, Laura Kina, Shota Kawahara, Sumbul Nazir, Elizabeth Nuti, Sheheryar Hasnain, Jon Stein, Amna Siddiqui, Asif Raza, Marvi Mazhar, Michael Klaus Schmidt,
Durre Sameen Malik, Chandrika Marla, Allie Spicer and Zafar Mailk; films by Umar Riaz,
Suree Towfignia, Mikey Peterson, Sandeep Sharma, Shalalae Jamil, John Lyons, Ben Her
Uribe, Mian Adnan Ahmad; and poetry by Baba Bulleh Shah, Eric Elshtain, Daniela Olszewska, Razia Fasih Ahmad, Maureen Flannery and Hamza Hayauddin.

For more information on this event, visit, follow us on Twitter (@ChiSisterCities) or “Like” us on Facebook,

Arts and Culture in Lahore
As the second largest city in Pakistan, Lahore has a historic legacy as Pakistan’s cultural
capital. Lahore’s culture not only reflects the ethnic diversity of Pakistan, but also bears the
influence of numerous global elements, often blending South Asian, Central Asian, Middle
Eastern, Persian and Western cultural and artistic influences.

The city’s geographical placement on the route of the historic Grand Trunk Road, laid in the
early 16th century and linking the eastern and western regions of the Indian subcontinent, has long brought an influx of people travelling to and through Lahore, bringing with them their distinctive cultural heritages and adding renewed vibrancies to the city’s traditions.

Today, much of Lahore’s thriving art scene is fueled by the National College of Arts, the
country’s foremost university of art and design that serves as a breeding ground for many of the country's burgeoning artists. Locally known as NCA, the college gallery hosts both permanent and visiting exhibitions by Pakistani painters, printmakers, sculptors and other visual artists.

Beyond the visual arts, Lahore is internationally recognized for its music festivals and theatrical productions; is known as Pakistan’s center for dining and nightlife; and is the hub of the country’s fashion and film industries.

Chicago Sister Cities International
Chicago Sister Cities International provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate
comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens,
Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, England (1993); Bogota, Colombia
(2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001);
Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).


Images and interviews available upon request.

Contact: Benjamin Kelner
Phone: 312.201.4535
Cell: 312.718.1186

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