Mehreen Hashmi, is the founder and curator of MH Initiatives, art consultant and practicing visual artist from Karachi, Pakistan. Born in 1985, Karachi, Mehreen has been working tirelessly while engaging with community, executing public art projects and exhibiting her own art work internationally. Curator at large, she has curated Pakistan’s first Karachi Art Summit in 2017. Her public art project ‘Munaqqash’ with I AM Karachi is also one of its kind in Pakistan which has been recognized by international authorities of The Heidelberg Project. With her passion of engaging general public and masses, she has curated several shows to support and promote young artists. She has initiated a non-profit project ‘Paywasta Reh Shajar Se’ to promote art education for children with challenging backgrounds such as addiction, lack of resources and childhood abuse. Her practice knows no boundaries, whether it’s a performance at a disputed land or an exhibition with hundred art works on display. She has been involving authorities i.e. Culture and Tourism Department, Government of Sindh in order to promote art scene of Pakistan. From mentoring to motivating, she has been a great source of introducing art practices and creating awareness of involving people of all backgrounds outside artist community in Karachi. While curating and educating, Mehreen has been exhibiting her work locally as well as internationally. Her work is a depiction of her own struggle with development trauma, which also speaks for herself as well as other survivors has been approaching audience to develop awareness towards mental health. Recently, her work has been acknowledged by Dutch and Israel newspapers for a project titled 'Kite flying' by Hans Overvliet. She is an acting member of committee of recommendation for 'Stichting White Cube', a Dutch art organization. She has also received 'Millennial of Inspiration' award from Dawood Foundation. She runs an online curated art gallery featuring artists from around the globe along with renowned and emerging artists from Pakistan. Check out her portfolio and visit the gallery on www.mehreenhashmi.com
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Artist and Curator Mehreen Hashmi Gives A Voice to Survivors of Abuse’ , The Healing Power of art and artists, 2018
‘Munaqqash unveiled at National Museum’, Dawn newspaper, 2017
“Achievers honored at Ladies Fund Awards”, The News International,2016
Profile interview by Manizhe Ali, Glam Magazine, December 2015
” Birwa opens at Gallery Sadeqain’ by Peerzada Salman, Dawn newspaper November 2015
“Basileeq, Five artists at the Sadeqain Gallery’ by Marjorie Hussain, MAG Magazine, Oct 31-Nov 06 issue 2015
"The bold and the beautiful" by M.Saeed Qureishi, Dawn newspaper,November'2015
"Basaleeq at Gallerie Sadeqain" by Peerzada Salman,Dawn newspaper,October'2015
"Of rituals and taboos passed on" by correspondence, Express Tribune,October' 2015
"Picasso and the blue dogs by Peerzada Salman,Dawn newspaper,August'2014
Catalogue: “Play”, the 6th IVS Alumni Show, 2014
“Students' art show concludes” by Peerzada Salman, Dawn newspaper ,September’2013
“On-the –spot” by Rida Sakina,Express Tribune, January’2011
Catalogue: “ Collaboration”, the 5th IVS Alumni Show, 2013
“Liner Art ;Language of the line” by Fariha Nasir, Dawn newspaper, August’ 2011
“Showcasing graduate art” Dawn newspaper by Salwat Ali, January 2011
“Girls Definitely Can”, interview by Khuzaima Fatima Haque, SHE Magazine, 2010
2020, 'Ahang' at Karachi Literature Festival, Pakistan.
2019, 'Kabutar', cultural exchange traveling exhibition between Italy, France, Netherlands, Turkey and Pakistan
2019, 'Ahang', cultural exchange traveling exhibition around Asia
2018, 'Sounds of Violence', a project by Daniel Ploeger, The Netherlands
2018,’From here to there’, a group show of 33 emerging artists at ArtKaam Gallery, Karachi
2018, ‘Asia Peace Film Festival, Karachi Edition
2018, ‘May we not go up there’, a five person show at Studio 7 , Karachi
2017, ‘Munaqqash’, a public art project by I AM Karachi at National Museum.
2017, Chief curator, Karachi Art Summit.
2016, ‘Global Videos’, Global event in collaboration with Stitching White Cube, Netherlands.
April 2016, ‘Sangat’, hosted by Culture and Tourism Department, Government of Sindh, at National Museum of Pakistan.
March 2016, “Arq”, in collaboration with Culture and Tourism Department, Government of Sindh, at Gallery Alliance Francaise de Karachi.
November 2015, "Birwa", Sadeqain Gallery, KMC Department, Government of Sindh.
December 2014, “Show Down-Epreuve De Force”, Alliance Francaise de Karachi.
February 2014, ‘Raison de etre”, Gallery Alliance Francaise de Karachi.
August 2013,"Paywasta Reh Shajar Se-2014", an on-going educational art project.
2018, 'Kites', by Hans Overvliet, at RuimteCaesuur , Vlissingen, The Netherlands
2018, ‘May we not go up there’, a five person show at Studio 7, Karachi
2017, ‘Modern Panic VIII’, curated by James Elphic, Guerilla zoo, London, UK.
2017, ‘Eilaand Hopping’, curated by Jeroen Van Paassen, at Staadkantein, Alkmaar.
2017, “AiRO residency“, online international residency by Cold bench.
2017, “Duizend Bommen en Granaten” , Kunsthal 45, Den Helder , Netherlands.
2016, “Global Art Village’, an international show organized by Stichting White Cube, Landshut, Germany, Zandaam, Netherlands and Copenhagen, Denmark.
2015,"Basiliq", Group show, at Sadeqain Gallery, Frere Hall, Karachi.
2014, 'Live Auction’, at Islamic Museum of Art, Australia.