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