'Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements' at Lahore Museum, Pakistan
To highlight the significance of the region’s unique cultural legacy and ancestral talent, an exhibition titled Harappan Connections: Ancient Artefacts, Contemporary Potteries & Interpretive Artworks, was held recently at the Gandhara Art Space, Karachi. Curated by Dr Tehnyat Majeed and Zeb Tariq, this show is a condensed version of a more elaborate show Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements, which has been organised (Nov 2015-Apr 2016) by the Inheriting Harappa Project team at the Lahore Museum.
Notwithstanding the enormous inventory of artefacts, excavated sites, associated history, videos and works of the present day artists, the exhibition was comprehensively laid out at the Gandhara Art Space. The display and layout of exhibits was easy to observe and suitably spaced for a sequenced walk through. The generously sized timeline chart depicting six millenniums of the region’s cherished legacy was easy-to-read and instantly informative. Pristine photographs of various sites excavated between 1872-1995 such as Mohenjo Daro, Dholavira, Harappa and Lothal manifest the level of civic and architectural intellect of the ancient inhabitants.
Harappan photographs of brick structures of the ‘granary’ or ‘great hall’ and the ‘circular platforms’ for thrashing grain, makes one admire the innovative minds of that era. There are a number of pictures that depict the citadel area, wells, bathing platforms, drains, pottery kilns and craft workshops which are incredibly inspiring. The video show at the exhibition also augmented the admirable talent of the denizens of that era.
|The exhibition featuring Harappan artifacts will continue till April 2016 |
[Credit: Ayesha Mir/Express]
On the other hand, Nawaz’s delicate Indus artefacts, clay figurines, toys and an ornamental terracotta belt, albeit sculpted with the Harappan primeval character, are engaging owing to the associated heritage. His archival artefacts transport the spirit of ancient skills to the modern day clay expressionists who continue to explore this exceptional trade while carrying the legacy forward.
Author: M. Saeed Kureshi | Source: Dawn, Sunday Magazine [February 07, 2016]