Meet Usman Ahmed, a curator who pushes the boundaries of traditional art, sparking conversations and driving change in Pakistani society through his thought-provoking exhibitions. He’s redefining the art landscape in Islamabad and across the nation. His journey as a curator began with a simple yet powerful idea – that art goes way beyond just looking pretty; it’s a tool that can flip societal norms on their heads and drive meaningful change.

Photograph by Omar Rehman- Dominion Gallery

Having loads of hands-on experience with art, Usman’s

journey is all about diving headfirst into the craft. He’s not your run-of-the-mill curator; he’s an art enthusiast who’s spent years studying and hoarding artistic gems. His dedication to the art world is rock solid, and you can see it in the game-changing exhibitions he puts together.

Usman’s most recent exhibit, “As We Are,” was a treat for Lahore’s art scene. This show was all about celebrating gender identities in Pakistan, a topic usually hidden beneath society’s layers of norms and taboos. “As We Are” wasn’t just an ordinary art display; it served as a powerful testament to the resilience and diversity of gender experiences in Pakistan. It did more than break stereotypes – it gave voice to those often silenced, bringing suppressed stories to the forefront. It was a moment where art and activism joined forces, confronting the very issues that tend to remain unspoken.

Get ready to be amazed because his commitment to artistic innovation is front and center in his upcoming show, “Everything is Going Upside Down,” debuting in mid-November.

This exciting exhibition isn’t just about pretty pictures; it’s a deep dive into the chaotic world we’re living in. Usman’s vision goes beyond aesthetics; it’s a powerful message. “Everything is Going Upside Down” fearlessly tackles the tough issues: inflation, war, and the crises that grip Pakistan and the world. But amidst the chaos, it also shines a spotlight on the indomitable human spirit, resilient in the face of adversity. This show is a profound exploration of the human experience in a world turned upside down. Get ready to be inspired, moved, and thoroughly impressed by this artistic journey.

His exhibitions don’t revolve exclusively around sales. Yes, commercial success is important, but he firmly believes that art should do more than that – it should possess a voice and a theme that strikes a chord with everyone. His curation acts as a powerful call to action, extending an invitation to dive deep into emotions and serving as a conduit for conveying messages that often stay hidden. Through the captivating medium of art, Usman Ahmed is constructing a platform where voices find resonance, and emotions find their rightful expression, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving art scene of Islamabad.

Pashmina Ahmed, Usman Ahmed and Zahra Raza at the popsicle pop up concept store in Islamabad

This show also promotes affordable art, showcasing a diverse range of exceptional artists, underscoring our sensitivity to the economic challenges in Pakistan. The artist’s work serves as a poignant reminder of art’s remarkable power to spark change, one exhibition at a time, infusing each with profound meaning. As we eagerly await his upcoming show, the commitment to perpetuate this legacy amplifies our anticipation.

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