Visual artist Shaan Taseer to present two-week solo exhibition “Love in the Time of Mufti Naeem”, opening on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Visual artist Shaan Taseer will make his Canadian debut with his new exhibit Love in the Time of Mufti Naeem at the Promenade Gallery (0943B Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga) on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The official opening of the exhibition begins at 4 PM and the exhibition will remain open until May 30, 2016.


Inspired by the current cultural wars in Pakistan, the solo exhibition will feature around 20 pieces of art. The exhibit is named after Mufti Naeem, the Chancellor of Jamia Binoria International, a religious seminary in Karachi, Pakistan, who is notorious for his views on religious policing. Shaan Taseer’s art exhibit is a reflection of a society that is fighting the forces of talibanization, in a time where the citizens are under religious assault and being stripped of their civil rights.


“Through my art, I am telling the story of a society that is being talibanized slowly yet is fighting back bravely,” says Shaan Taseer. “I let the city tell this story.”


Shaan’s watercolours are inspired by his travels. Through silent cities his art consistently shows the affect of human culture on society. Shaan Taseer is an activist and a philanthropist, helping the victims of religious extremism in his home country. He has led protests on the streets of Pakistan against the Taliban, and has lost friends in this fight, as well as his late father, Salmaan Taseer, the slain Governor of Punjab.


The town of Richmond Hill graciously provided Shaan Taseer with a cultural grant for this art exhibition. Love in the Time of Mufti Naeem opens on May 14, 2016 at 4 PM at the Promenade Gallery in Mississauga. The exhibit will remain open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. until May 30, 2016.


About Shaan Taseer


Shaan Taseer is a self taught artist, activist and philanthropist, and a Chartered Accountant.


In his works he paints the metaphorical and silent city, documented from his travels around the world, often undisturbed by human presence, seeking to engage the viewer’s imagination with abstract interplays of light and shadow, and strong color vocabulary.


Son of Salmaan Taseer, the late slain Governor of Punjab in Pakistan, Shaan has been personally affected by extremism. Violence and extremism are recurring themes throughout his work, captured through the city and often juxtaposed with elements of pop-culture.


Shaan Taseer has exhibited in Chowkandi Gallery Karachi in March 2015 and the Affordable Art Fair in New York in September 2015. This is his debut show in Canada.



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