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2019 | 25 April – 31 May | CultuurCentrum Brugge in collaboration with Het Entrepot-De Tank, Brugges.

My concept:

AiR Biekorf 3.0: ‘En Route!’
For the third year in a row, CultuurCentrum Brugge has let a local artist develop her annual theme in a work of art. After Mieke Teirlinck who painted ‘Les Refugiés’ on the inner wall at the entrance of the Biekorf Theater Hall and the wall-filling work ‘Het Zwanenspel’ by Marec, Matthieu Lobelle (Bruges, 1966) is this year’s turn. With the artwork ‘Exile’ as a starting point, artists are invited to formulate an answer to this wall piece. Matthieu Lobelle makes the selection based on available space in the exhibition locations Brugotta Hal Biekorf and De Tank.

Click here for the Dutch version on CultuurCentrum Brugge.

2019 | April/May | Karachi / Pakistan

کبوتر – Kabutar – Pigeon
Cultural exchange exhibition between Turkey, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Italy, and France
Curator: Mehreen Hashmi, Karachi, Pakistan.


Kabutar (pigeon in English) is a bird which has been used for ages as symbol or messenger of hope and peace. Pigeons has been trained as a method of communication as old as the ancient Persians who started the art of training the birds. Besides Persians, the Romans used pigeon posts to aid their military over 2000 years ago. An art collector once told me after appreciating my work “You are part of our home, we all know you through your piece, you are there’; when artists send their work to other territories mainly beyond boundaries, they send a piece of themselves. Cultural exchange programs are mostly promotion of diversity and communication between different nations.

Artists’ work differs from different localities and regions, the way we are experiencing due to certain circumstances, there is something or the other in every society. It will be an execution of similar context in multicultural approaches; so, we are riding in more or less similar boat but in different oceans, hence every ocean has its serenity and storms.

For execution of this show, artists from all five countries will be invited to showcase their work during this travelling exhibition. All five embassies have been approached in regards of inviting artists of their respective countries. Exhibitions will be held at galleries at different cities in all the countries. First show can be held in Pakistan and later it can travel to all five countries. Artists from Italy, France, Turkey, the Netherlands and France will be invited to visit Pakistan so as Pakistani artists to the west. The year of 2019 has been planned for the execution of Kabutar. Venues for the display in each country will be finalized with respected contacts in these countries.

Mehreen Hashmi is an independent visual artist and curator from Pakistan. Born and raised in Karachi, she has graduated in Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Indus Valley School of art and architecture in 2009. Her work has been displayed in local galleries as well as internationally including Australia, London, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. She has worked with several renowned organizations including KMC, Culture and Tourism Department, Government of Sindh, Alliance Francaise de Karachi. She is also the curator of first ever art summit of Pakistan, Karachi Art Summit ’17. She is participating in Chittagong Biennale, Bangladesh in 2019 as a visual artist.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS have been selected from related countries;

Italy Alberto Magrin (sculptor), Angela Vinci (painter), Cristiana De Marchi (painter)

Pakistan Farrukh Shahab (painter), Aqeel Solangi (painter),
Hina Tabassum (sculptor/miniature artist)

The Netherlands Daniel Ploeger (new media artist/ performance artist),
Hans Overvliet (interdisciplinary artist), Jorieke Rottier (interdisciplinary artist)

France Fredrick Develay (interdisciplinary artist), Denise Frechet (sculptor)

Turkey Eda Emirdag (interdisciplinary artist), Cansu Eragin (performance artist),
Sezen Tonguz (performance artist)

Ms.Anna Ruffino – Counsel General, Consulate of Italy, Karachi
Mrs. Ardi Stoiosbraken – Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Islamabad
Mr.Jeroen Van Paassen – Curator and Founder at the Stichting White Cube, an art organization from the Netherlands
Alliance Francaise de Karachi , Karachi, Pakistan
Müge Olacak, Founding director at Atelier Muse, art residency program in Turkey