THP Daak is an attempt to promote dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists’ books and related publications in Pakistan with an effort to take the works beyond borders.
With Daak, we aim to develop a community of like-minded creative individuals and providing them a platform to showcase and contribute self-publishing material towards a larger audience nationally and internationally . It only seems fitting as THP provides the first communal Bindery space in Pakistan for artists and makers.
Daak Editions will have two sets. One set will remain in Pakistan in a permanent collection of THP ArtLab. Another set will be taken to another country, providing Pakistani artists, designers, and makers the international exposure they undeniably need.
Edition One of THP Daak is the vision of two artists putting on their curator hats, Ayesha Saeed and Amina Cheema. Saeed being an In-House Curator and Cheema as a Guest Curator.
Ayesha Saeed is an artist, a bookmaker, an educator, and a glassblower. She studied at RCA – London (MA Photography), SAIC – Chicago (BFA) and NCA – Lahore (B.Design – Communications). Saeed’s research interests are in perception, technology, neuroscience, autism, and bio-fabrication and systems in general. THP is a social experiment for a Ph.D. proposal to the Harvard School of Education. Her recent works dealt with the arena of digital profiling with all the issues of control and discrimination that implies.
Cheema is a visual artist and assistant professor at the College of Art & Design at the University of the Punjab Lahore with vM.Phil in Art History. Her work revolves around exploring inherited and inventive forms of a book. She’s a contributor to the local Newspaper The Nation and Pakistan’s first art newspaper The ArtNow. She has been a part of the residencies and group shows nationally and internationally. Recently one of her self-published experimental books ‘Kar Baat’ (say something/ tell me something new) is acquired by the prestigious Thomas J Watson Library, a central research library of Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Brooklyn New York.
Thirty-Nine (39) Artists are selected Nation-wide for the THP Daak Edition One.
Adnan Mairaj Malik, Amara Sikander, Ameena Sajjal , Amna Hashmi, Amna Pervaiz, Amna Suheyl Umar, Aqeel Abbas, Areej Ahmed, Farah Farooqui, Fatima Baig, Fatimah Nadeem, Haider Ali Jaan, Haris Hidayat Ullah, Jovita Alvares, Juliane Eick Aziz, Luís Felipe Keresztes Bigatto, Mahnoor Ahmad, Mahnoor Khawaja, Minhaj Ahmed Rafi, Mushba Said, Myra Valentina Lourdes Das, Omair Faizullah, Rafay Anwer, Sabeen Fatima, Saliha Rashid, Saman Sheikh, Saniya Jafri, Sophia Balagamwala, Sophia Mairaj , Sujjal Kayani, Sultan Ali, Sumera Murtaza, Syed Hamza Salar Hassan, Wajiha Abid, YBQ – Yousaf Bashir Qureshi, Zoya Manan and Zunaira Sultan.
THP Daak Edition One with Thirty-Nine wonderful artist’s work will travel to India’s first Independent Art Book Festival ART BOOK DEPOT: JAIPUR 2020
THP will be exhibiting alongside 25+ exhibitors. Pro-Helvetia, the Swiss Arts council, IED Madrid and L’Ecole d’Design India studio, France will be sending their artist books/zines for display at the Festival too. The ART BOOK DEPOT festival wil run parallel to Jaipur Literature Festival.
Farside Collective Foundation Leh and Round them Oranges, Jaipur are the brains behind the ARTBOOK DEPOT: JAIPUR 2020.
Farside Collective Foundation is a not for profit artist-led project space based in the small town of Leh in the higher Himalayan region of Jammu & Kashmir, India. In addition to working with contemporary arts, photography & design, Farside Collective makes, supports and publishes art books, promoting the self-publishing culture and making them accessible to everyone.
Round Them Oranges (RTO) is a studio and residency based in the walled city of Jaipur. Art-Book Depot: Jaipur Edition is its maiden event.
THP DAAK Edition One Private View Show was held at THP ArtLab, Lahore on 22nd November, 2019 celebrating the selected artists.
The Show will open to Public in India and Pakistan at the same time in January, with talks, screenings and workshops in Lahore to celebrate the culture of self publishing.
more details will be available in the first week of January, 2020.