We already worked with Imran Quereshi in 2016. This was the first time ever summeracademy Salzburg offered a miniature painting course.
Miniature painting is a very old technique which had its high bloom during the Mughal Era in the 16th and 17th century on the subcontinent. It is a traditional painting technique which still has its fascination. Imran Qureshi and his wife Aisha Khalid (who taught in Salzburg in 2017/2018) are among a group of artists who learnt miniature painting during the last 20 years at the National College of Art in Lahore/Pakistan. Imran is still teaching there. These artists took this technique as starting point for astonishing and wonderful new contemporary developments.
Imran Qureshi produces not only miniature paintings but also large scale installations. Both dealing in one way or another with political developments, violence, terrorist attacks, etc.
Last year I visited the wonderful city of Lahore for the opening of the first Lahore Biennal. And I had the great opportunity to give a lecture at the National College of Art, what an amazing experience.
"For me, the International Summer Academy is a very special place. The intensive, creative and inspiring atmosphere in all our activities never ceases to fascinate me. Artists come to us – as teachers and students – from all over the world, taking advantage of this summer time-slot to concentrate exclusively on production, reflection and presentation, far removed from their everyday life. Disillusionment and re-enchantment, downfall and upswing – all this is possible; there emerge not only exceptional works of art, but also friendships and networks that often last a lifetime. The long-term project Global/Planetary Academy is at present my main objective. Its aim is to further establish the Summer Academy as a hotspot for global art, tackling relevant questions and strengthening worldwide connections. The project focuses on questions of how art can be learned and taught in the globalised world."