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Life Style Show 2012

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD Highlighting the socio-cultural life style of Pakistan and Germany with the theme ‘East meets West’, the 15 classic photography through the lens of German artist Lukas Werth titled “Twilight” opened at the Rohtas Gallery on Monday.

The large size photographs showcasing cultural heritage and social-economic life of Pakistani cities included Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore and German cities Munich, Berlin and others. Since December 2008, Lukas Werth teaches anthropology at LUMS. Having received his PhD in 1992 from the Free University of Berlin for ethnography about the Vagri, a peripatetic group in South India.

He regards photography as an independent form of visual art capable of making statements relevant to the contemporary world. He combines this with his anthropological interests, that is, he explores an artistic vision inspired by anthropological perspectives. His theoretical interests include meaning, self, ethics and aesthetics in Anthropological thought; different aspects of religion as such, Islam, including Sufism and fundamentalism, Hinduism, kinship, rituals, concepts of modernity and Western thought, and peripatetic societies. Areas of his ethnographic interests are South Asia, most notably Pakistan and India, Western contexts, as the development of Western visual arts and the place ofphotography in this context.

On the opening ceremony, the German artist, Lukas Werth said he wanted to develop an expressive vision of my work with Sufism, a vision which should somehow reflect the beauty involved in this concept, the beauty over and above every flaw, every imperfection, every distortion or manipulation which may be found, and I wanted to be able to communicate this to audiences familiar as well as foreign to the scenes shown. “Second, in recent years, the Western perspective on the Islamic world has become more and more antagonistic. Generally, photographic representations of South Asia tend to concentrate on the colourful and the exotic, the socially or culturally exciting or disquieting: the bazaar trader, temples, peasants, faqirs, castles, landscapes with palm trees, camels, bullet carts, cows in the city, slums, beggars, and all this in bright, “natural” colours. The exhibition would continue at The Rohtas Gallery (House No. 57-B, Street No. 26, F-6/2) till November 30

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