Pakistan High Commission New Zealand arranged a Truck Art Exhibition in Wellington
Commission in collaboration with a Kiwi Photographer, Mr. Peter Grant, organized
a Truck Art Exhibition, “Painting Pakistan Proud’ at Wellington on 9 May, 2013.
The opening ceremony was held at Pataka Art Museum Porirua, Wellington. The Mayor of Porirua, Mr Nick Leggett graced the occasion. Members of diplomatic community, senior officials of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a large number of local Kiwis and members of the Pakistani community attended the exhibition.
Besides photographs of Peter Grant showcasing the ‘art on wheels’ objects painted in Truck art style were at display. The center of everyone’s attraction however, was Younous Nawas, talented painter from Pakistan who painted a vintage van in the truck art style using his sure and expert strokes. With his pleasant personality and full command over his work he generated a lot of interest among the viewers.
Anjum Rana who is a recipient of UNESCO Award for Cultural heritage and painter Younus Nawaz were invited to New Zealand to showcase this very unique Pakistani art.
Speaking at the occasion, the High Commissioner for Pakistan to New Zealand, H.E. Ms Zehra Akbari, highlighted the cultural richness and diversity of Pakistan. She said that rich and colourful heritage of Pakistan and diversity of its culture and tradition inspires the imagination of our creative artists. The exhibition showcases the Truck art which is a very visible and colourful manifestation of street art in Pakistan. She lauded the efforts put in by Kiwi photographer Peter Grant who came up with the brilliant idea of organizing this exhibition.
The truck art exhibition will continue at Wellington from 9-23 May, 2013 and later on it will be shifted to Auckland from 1-19 June 2013. The art enthusiasts in New Zealand will have a good opportunity to view the colourful and vibrant truck art.
High Commissioner H.E. Ms Zehra Akbari with Pakistani Artist Yunus Nawaz and Dr Ashraf Choudhary
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