The AAN Foundation was honored at the Asia Society Art and Culture Gala

08 June, 2021

The AAN Foundation will be honored by the Asia Society at the Arts and Culture Gala along with other leaders in the field of art and culture!

We are honoured and humbled! #aanfoundation #aancollection #aanideas

We're excited to introduce our Arts and Culture Virtual Gala honorees! In the spirit of celebrating diversity and inclusion, we honor trailblazers of the arts in Hong Kong and globally at our gala, held in celebration of our 30th anniversary.

#ASHK30 #arts #culture #diversity #inclusion

Amna Naqvi - Guest Lecturer at Columbia University

01 April, 2021

Co-Founder of the AAN Foundation, Amna Naqvi is a guest lecturer at Columbia University. She speaks to students about the history of miniature painting as well as its contemporary manifestation. 

Amna Naqvi speaks at Art Basel Conversations on a panel titled 'Uncovering Asian Modernisms'

30 March, 2019

Our founder Amna Naqvi speaking at Art Basel Conversations this year.

She spoke on a panel titled 'Ink & Paint: Uncovering Asian Modernisms' on 30th of March with a great list of speakers. The panel was moderated by Lesley Ma, Curator, M+ Museum, Hong Kong and included leaders in the fields of exhibiting and supporting modernism in Asia such as Johnson Chang & Yamamoto San.

She spoke on modernists AR Chughtai, Shakir Ali, Sadequain, AJ Shemza and Zahoor Ul Akhlaque in the conversation and linked them to those who inherited their mantle such as Shahzia Sikander, Rashid Rana, Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi.

#artbasel #artbaselhongkong #modernism #asianmodernism

Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project will be exhibited at Pitzer Art Galleries in California, United States

08 February, 2019

The AAN Foundation Project 'Scroll' I is part of our 'Projects on Paper Series" which was published in the autumn of 2015 in conjunction with the AAN Gandhara Art Space exhibition 'How We Mark The Land' . Scroll I has been touring in the exhibition organised by the Independent Curators International. It has been exhibited at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in Capetown and the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos. Its latest stop is the Pitzer Art Galleries in California. The first edition was curated by Aziz Sohail.

About Publishing Against The Grain

Organized by the Independent Curators International (ICI), Publishing Against the Grain provides a space for reading, thinking, and conversing, where slowing down can become a form of intellectual resistance. It encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives while connecting differing and analogous spheres of contemporary art. 

The exhibition was made possible with the generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. - Text Credits: Pitzer College

Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project will be exhibited at Kenyon College, United States

05 October, 2018

Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project will be shown at ‘Publishing Against the Grain’ exhibition at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Ohio, United States. This is the third stop of the traveling exhibition.It has been shown at the Zeitz Musueum of Contemporary Art, South Africa as well as Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria.  Scroll was created by Aziz Sohail!

Publishing Against the Grain opens next Friday, August 31 @gundgallery. The exhibition encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives.


'Of Honor and The Moment' - Amna Naqvi's Profile featured in Portfolio Magazine (Singapore), August 2018 Issue

28 August, 2018

Our Founder Amna Naqvi featured in an article in Portfolio Magazine - August 2018 issue.

“By being a custodian, I don’t just mean being a keeper of the collection, but having an engagement with art and curatorial practices as well. If collectors do not grow beyond collecting artworks, then it leads to a sense of inertia. I think as collections grow, collectors need to stretch the boundaries by being bold in their choice of artworks as well as in collaborating with art practitioners on new ideas and projects. They need to morph into collaborators as well as collectors.”

AAN Foundation Launches The LBF-AAN Research Grant 2018

22 July, 2018


"We at the AAN Foundation are pleased to be launching the LBF-AAN Research Grant with the Lahore Biennale. The LBF-AAN Research Grant was bestowed at the same time as the Central Sponsorship for the Inaugural Lahore Biennale by the AAN Foundation.

We believe research and documentation of art in Pakistan is integral to its robustness and growth. This will provide opportuni...ties to scholars, historians, and practitioners to germinate new ideas, and trace the movements and shifts in the development of art and its related fields.

We would like to thank our panel of Jurors; Prof Salima Hashmi, Prof Naazish Ata-Ullah and Naiza Khan (who is also the Mentor), who will help bring the LBF-AAN Research Grant to fruition".

- Amna Naqvi, Co-Founder
AAN Foundation

The AAN Foundation provides support to a wide range of art forms and encourages discourse on visual arts in particular. This includes offering platforms & support for exhibitions, private as well as public art projects, publications and art related initiatives. From a geographic perspective, the foundation is focussed on enabling and encouraging the arts in Pakistan, as well as considering the broader Asian region including Asia Pacific and South Asia. A very significant part of the AAN Foundation's aim is to provide support at the very initial/conceptual stages, to projects, which could become platforms for further strengthening the artistic space in their own areas and geographies.

For more information on how to apply for the LBF-AAN Research Grant, please visit:…/lbf-aan-research-grant-2018/

AAN Foundation Artist-In-Residence Program in Spain - A Collaboration with the C3A, Centre for Contemporary Art Andalucia, Cordoba, Spain

02 June, 2018


The AAN Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its Artist in Residence Program in collaboration with C3A, Centre for Contemporary Art in Cordoba, Spain.

Adeel Uz Zafar has been selected as the first AAN Foundation Artist in the inaugural Residence-2018 and will be traveling to Spain for a month long residency.

The Scroll: An AAN Foundation project is exhibited at 'Publishing Against The Grain' an Exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos Nigeria.

24 April, 2018

The Scroll will be exhibited at Publishing Against The Grain, This exhibition has been arranged by Independent Curators International. This is the second stop of the traveling exhibition. Scroll was created by Aziz Sohail

 The exhibition encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives. In this image, a detail of Exhausted Geographies, a publication based in Karachi, Pakistan

Credits: ICI Instagram

AAN Foundation is the Central Sponsor to the Lahore Bienniale 2017

March 15 - March 31, 2018


The AAN Foundation is pleased to be the Central Sponsor for the inaugural Lahore Biennale! We at the AAN Foundation continue to be a platform for supporting the visual arts from Pakistan regionally as well as globally, and have been engaged in this for the past twenty years

Lecture and Workshops on Mughal Geometric Design and Architecture at the University of Hong Kong

06 March, 2018

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz, a renowned architect speaking on Mughal architecture at the Hong Kong University. He wil be speaking on Ebba Koch's case study on the architecture of the Taj Mahal. The event is a collaboration of the Consulate of Pakistan in Hong Kong as well as the Department of Architecture, Hong Kong University. Along with the lecture, Mr Mumtaz will also be conducting workshops with students at Hong Kong University.

AAN Foundation supports the Salima Hashmi Archive at Asia Art Archive

01 March, 2018

The AAN Foundation is pleased to support the Asia Art Archive in preserving the archive of Salima Hashmi. Link to the archive given below!

Salima Hashmi is a Lahore-based artist, curator, educator, and organiser. Her writings offer critical insights on the struggles of female artists in Pakistan, and how their practices pushed social boundaries and expectations.

The pilot phase of the Salima Hashmi Archive offers a selection of her writing since 1981, as well as archival materials she collected throughout her career. The ephemera available in this phase include materials from the 1950s and 1960s: leaflets; exhibition catalogues; and invitation cards to plays, musical performances, and other cultural events. These rare materials were collected by Hashmi, who was an active presence at various activities held in Alhamra Arts Council (previously known as Pakistan Art Council Lahore). Also included are oral history interviews with Hashmi, conducted by AAA Project Researcher Samina Iqbal, that contextualise the archive through Hashmi’s experiences of studying and practicing art, as well as teaching and eventually heading the National College of Arts as Principal.

With support from the AAN Foundation, Asia Art Archive will begin working on the next phase of Salima Hashmi’s archive in 2018, focusing on the exhibition histories of the Rohtas Gallery (1981–2004) in Islamabad, where Hashmi co-curated exhibitions with the architect Naeem Pasha for over two decades. A working list of the Rohtas Gallery’s exhibitions is also available as part of the Salima Hashmi Archive. Photo Credits: Asia Art Archive

Rooms Afloat - A Sound Installation by Fazal Rizvi - An AAN Foundation Project

January 27 - February 03, 2018

The AAN Foundation is pleased to announce this site specific audio project 'Tairtsay Kamray/Rooms Afloat' accompanying Fazal Rizvi's exhibition 'The Fleet'. The tour will unravel on boats upon the sea! This project has been curated by Aziz Sohail!

Scroll - Projects on Paper: An on-going project of the AAN Foundation

04 December, 2016

The notion of the exhibition without walls or using paper as an alternative space for the arts had been widely practiced in the 60s and the 70s.

Closer to home and pre-dating that, Indo-Persian miniature paintings were usually bound in the form of an album for personal enjoyment. Therefore, these particular exhibitions were realised in the form of albums in the hand of the viewer. While in other parts of Asia such as China, art was collected in the form of scrolls. When a landscape or a calligraphic text was meant to be pored over, the scroll was unravelled slowly to view the said work. The object of the work of art was not in the display, but in the private deliberation.

The AAN Foundation is pleased to be supporting Scroll: A Project on Paper which has been conceived and will be curated by the fabulous Aziz Sohail. The idea will be to engage with the greater artistic discourse in the country and beyond, and as an intersection for works of art, texts and ideas that are not confined by brick and mortar. These projects will manifest themselves in the form of an exhibition, a museum, a lab, a forum or a platform on paper.

Part I will be launched to push the discourse of 'How We Mark The Land' further and artists have created new works of arts for the 'exhibition' on paper. In the process of The Scroll we hope to flatten the engagement with all art forms and the visual arts in particular

The Scroll - Projects on Paper is Exhibited at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, Cape Town.

19 November 2016 - 19 January 2017

The Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project is part of the exhibition 'Publishing Against The Grain' at Zeitz MOCAA, Museum of Contemporary African Art in Capetown! The project was curated by Aziz Sohail

The exhibition reveals how the material and discursive activities of nineteen core projects respond to intersecting subjects such as contemporary aesthetics, diaspora, sex and gender, gentrification, race, language, and history. This exhibition highlights the current state of publishing and art criticism as it actively exists in small journals, experimental publications, websites, and radio, as well as other innovative forms.
Publishing Against the Grain is an exhibition organised and produced byiCI (Independent Curators International), New York, and initiated by ICI’s Alaina Claire Feldman, Becky Nahom and Sanna Almajedi. The presentation at Zeitz MOCAA has been organised by Sven Christian, the Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper (Zeitz MOCAA).