Virtually SALA Live Series presents HEALING THROUGH ART

H E A L I N G   T H R O U G H   A R T featuring SALIMA HASHMI acclaimed Pakistani artist and public intellectual, in conversation with Mira Hashmi, introduction by Dr. Robert Mintz, deputy director of the Asian Art Museum.

In these “uncertain times,” Art Forum SF moves to host the Virtually SALA (South Asian Literature & Arts), Live Series with featured talks through the year 2021 till it is safe to congregate in a festival setting.

WHAT: Virtually SALA Live Series, Episode 3
WHEN: June 17, 2021, from 8:30 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time)
WHERE: Facebook:

Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator, and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also Principal of the College.

Salima Hashmi has written extensively on the arts. Her book “Unveiling the Visible – Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan” was published in 2002, and ‘Memories, Myths, Mutations – Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan’ co-authored with Yashodhara Dalmia for Oxford University Press, India in 2006.  She has edited ‘The Eye Still Seeks – Contemporary Art of Pakistan for Penguin Books, India, in 2014.

She is a Council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and a founder member of the Women’s Action Forum. She is the eldest daughter of the renowned Pakistani poets Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Alys Faiz.

“The world we live in sometimes may seem like it is enveloped in darkness and entangled in a web of chaos and suffering, especially in this past year of communal anguish,” asserted Ms. Kiran Malhotra, Board of Director, Art Forum SF. Furthermore, Ms. Malhotra refers to Joe Haldeman, American Film Director, News Writer, who once said, “Anyone who sees clearly, sees chaos. Art is a way of temporarily setting order to confusion.”

ROBERT MINTZ, Deputy Director, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, manages the curatorial, conservation, education, and museum services departments. With a B.A. (Art History) from the Michigan University (1989), his studies continued at the University of Washington, Seattle, earning an M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002). His dissertation focused on the paintings and poetry of the 18th-century Japanese artist Yosa Buson. His most recent publications include work in Great Waves and Mountains (Pending), Kondo Takahiro Catalog of Recent Work (2021), Faberge and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy (2017), Japanese Ceramics for the 21st Century(2014), and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels (2010).

“Salima Hashmi is a true rarity in this world, an accomplished painter, a successful educator, a vocal change agent, a feminist, an activist, and an inspiration. Her life and work mark a social change path and transformation from which she has never wavered or strayed. Her art, her words, and her actions all drive her quest for a better world,” said Dr. Robert Mintz.

MIRA HASHMI is a film study assistant professor at the Lahore School of Economics. A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, Mira has over three decades of writing experience about film for various publications. Her interest includes the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock and Hindi masala movies. Her first book, Gulzar’s Ijaazat: Insights into the Film, was published in 2019.

About SALA: In October 2019, Art Forum SF debuted the South Asian Literature and Art (SALA) festival with grand success at the Montalvo Arts Center’s picturesque site in Saratoga, California. The festival featured prominent experts experienced in the cultural-literary-artistic histories of South Asian countries and different aspects of the humanities to give talks, have exhibitions and performances, book reading for local audiences.

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Her publications include:

‘Intersections of Contemporary Art-Anthropology and Art History in South Asia-Decoding Visual Worlds.’ Edited by Sasnka Perera and Dev Nath Pathak. Chapter 3 Reframing the Context for Pakistani Contemporary Art with Dr. Farida Batool, Palgrave Macmillan Publication, Spring Nature, Switzerland AG, 2019

‘Art/Aesthetics in the next 100 years – A dialogue’ for The Next Thing: Art in the 21st Century – Pablo Baler Ed. FDU Press, 2012. Radicalizing Tradition – essay in the book ‘Contemporary Art in Asia – A Critical Reader’ Edited by Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio, MIT Press, Massachusetts, 2011.

‘Travels, Mundane and Surreal – Art of Esther Rahim’ Co-editor, Sang-e-Meel Publication, Lahore, 2006

‘Tracing the Image’- Chapter in ‘Tradition and Change’ Ed. Caroline Turner, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 2005.

‘Journey’s End – The Making of Kaarkhana,’ catalog essay for ‘Kaarkhana,’ Ed. Hammad Nasar and Anita Nasar, 2005. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Green Cardamom’ Spinning Stories’, – catalog essay ‘A Thousand and One Nights’, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2005. Salima Hashmi curated “Hanging Fire,” an exhibition of Pakistani Contemporary Art for Asia Society Museum, New York, in 2009, accompanied by an extensive catalog.

She curated the critically acclaimed exhibition titled ‘This Night-Bitten Dawn’ hosted by Gujral Foundation and the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi, which opened at the Delhi Art Fair, 2016. Upcoming launch at Lahore Literary Festival, ‘Nazar Ki Umang’ (The Eye Still Seeks, Contemporary Pakistani Art-Urdu translation) Edited by Salima Hashmi, Sang-e-Meel, Lahore, 2020. The government of Pakistan awarded her the President’s Medal for Pride of Performance for Art Education in 1999.

In 2011, the Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as the Inaugural International Fellow for distinguished service to art and design education. In 2016, Bath Spa University awarded her with an Honorary Doctorate.  In 2017, for the 12th convocation, BOG Beaconhouse National University awarded Salima the title of Professor Emeritus.

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