• Art Essays , Art Books, Philosophers

    Modernism in South Asian Muslim Art

    Introduction This book traces the emergence of modernism by artists associated with “Pakistan” since the early twentieth century, but it is not a broad history of national art, nor does it seek to offer a complete an account of the selected artists considered here. It traces one influential genealogical trajectory—the emergence of artistic subjectivity in relation to a constellation of conceptual frameworks, nationalism, modernism, cosmopolitanism, and “tradition.” Although artists contributed to national life by forming new institutional frameworks for the patronage, exhibition, and reception of modern art—labour that is an inextricable aspect of their personae—the addressee of their art cannot be simply equated with Pakistani nationhood marked by aporias and…

  • jacques lacan
    Art Essays , Art Books, Philosophers

    Jacques Lacan Das Ding (The Thing)// 1959-60, Documents of Contemporary Art

    French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst  who has been described “the most provocative psycho-analyst since Freud” Born: April 13, 1901, Paris, France Died: September 9, 1981, Paris, France Das Ding (The Thing) The Sache ( In Sachvorstellung, Freud’s term for a ‘thing-notion,) is precisely the thing, an output of industry and of human activity as administered by language. Nevertheless absolute they may first be in the genesis of that action, things are constantly on the facade, always within span of an explanation. To the degree that it is subjacent to and inherent in every human behaviour, that activity of which things are the outcome belongs to the preconscious system, that is to say, something that our…