Varda Nisar is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Art History Department at Concordia University. Having worked for the Karachi Biennale for two editions, and having run her own Children’s Art Fest, she has been involved in art education in Pakistan, where there to this day remains little access to public art, and where the study of art itself is limited to primary school only in all public schools, thus effectively rendering it a child’s play. She was also a 2015-16 Fellow for Arthink South Asia; in 2012, she was selected for a month long Cultural Heritage Workshop in 2012, organized by Smithsonian, University of Wisconsin, and American Institute of Pakistan Studies.
Currently her research is focused on national narratives in national institution in Pakistan, and the role they play in creating a hegemonic identity for the post-colonial nation state. Her previous research on the Silawat Community – the original stone masons in her city of Karachi – has been presented in a number of conferences.
keywords that highlight my research interests
National museums, Art Education, Biennales and Festivals, hegemony, postcolonialism.
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