This Monday, April 6th at 6:30 pm: VCS presents “Sadequain: A Talk by Saiyid Ali Naqvi”

On Monday the 6th, the Visual & Critical Studies Department will present our final entry in the Spring 2015 Art in the First Person lecture series:

Sadequain poster

Sadequain is considered one of the most original, controversial and prolific artists of his time. His remarkable career spanned three decades and witnessed a feverish flurry of creativity which resulted in several thousands of paintings, etchings, drawings, calligraphy and giant mural which adorn institutions in South Asia and in the West. As an introduction to Sadequain – the Pakistani artist and poet (1930-1987) who’s art works span three decades of pen ink drawings, oil paintings, large scale murals and calligraphy – the lecture will briefly locate the artist within his political, social and emotional context and how these contributed and shaped his creativity.

Saiyid Ali Naqvi is the author of Indus Waters and Social Change. And is currently working on his second book ‘Sadequain Painter and Poet’ and his book of verse ‘Mashke Sukhan’ (The Practice of Poetry) He grew up with his cousin Sadequain in Amroha where they spent their childhood together in the same compound of homes in their mohalla in Amroha. From early adulthood they shared each other’s thoughts and passions. These are beautifully reflected in Sadequain’s mural, The Saga of Labour, which adorns the wall of the machine room of Mangla Dam Power Station. The author takes great pride in having persuaded both the artist and the engineers to create a mural that celebrates human endeavour for development and nature’s beauty.

“Sadequain: A Talk by Saiyid Ali Naqvi” will take place this Monday, April 6th at 6:30 pm in room 101C at 133-141 West 21st Street in New York City. The talk is free and open to the public.

Visual & Critical Studies