The Rest is Silence: Zahoor ul Akhlaq - Art and Society in Pakistan by Roger ConnahThe Rest is Silence: Zahoor ul Akhlaq - Art and Society in Pakistan by Roger Connah

The Rest is Silence: Zahoor ul Akhlaq - Art and Society in Pakistan

byRoger Connah

Hardcover | November 6, 2011

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Taking off from the tragic murder in January 1999 of the Pakistani artist Zahoor ul Akhlaq, the book charts the story of this elusive artist. The more the author Roger Connah researched, the more versions of a truth emerged. Known as the "painter's painter" within Pakistan, Akhlaq appears tohave lived a life so public that it became secret, a critical fiction. A permanently picaresque figure, Akhlaq recalls those Sufi scholars from the ninth and tenth century in Asia. Beginning with an interest in calligraphy, Akhlaq searched for a vibrant cultural practice in contemporary Pakistan. As an artist-wayfarer in and out of cities like Karachi, Delhi, Lahore, Toronto, London, Montreal, Bangkok, Kabul, Teheran, Tokyo, Venice, this book begins to recount a life in flux,a life on the move, a life exploring the traditions of Islam and the dancing order of a Muslim mind. The necessity and urgency to negotiate the invasions and seductions of Modernity produce unusual reversals in his art and contemporary narratives about the society and culture.
Roger Connah is a writer and researcher based in Ruthin, North Wales. He has lived and worked as a university teacher and visiting professor in Finland, Sweden, India and the US. Since 2001, he has been Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Architecture. In 2003 he was The Brendan Gill Lecturer, Yal...
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Title:The Rest is Silence: Zahoor ul Akhlaq - Art and Society in PakistanFormat:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9.45 × 7.09 × 1.3 inPublished:November 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195474724

ISBN - 13:9780195474725

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: Fragments from a Critical LifePart 2: Critical FictionsPart 3: Strange HistoryA Gift Misunderstood - coda