Blue Chip Magazine

by Mariano Akerman

The last issue of Blue Chip Magazine includes two articles about my experience with the visual arts in Argentina and Asia, and the cultural activities which I have been developing for Pakistan during the last five years.

Mariano Akerman, Idyll, Islamabad, 2011

Two articles have been written by Ilona Yusuf and Sara Mahmood. Each of them is a gem. Both articles comprise a total of nine pages and are profusely illustrated, with a number of remarkable collages made in Pakistan for the competition organized two months ago and some assorted examples of my own artwork, 1979-2011.

The articles incorporate material concerning several programs which I have developed for the Embassies of Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland in Pakistan, between 2007 and 2012. One of the articles is mostly devoted to the Gestalt Educational Program 2011. Referring to it, the article also reports the active participation of students and teachers from Islamabad College for Girls, COMSATS University, Postgraduate College for Women Rawalpindi, National University of Modern Languages, Alliance Française d'Islamabad, Lahore Grammar School, and International School of Islamabad.

Enhancing Perception: The Gestalt Lectures and Collage Competition
by Ilona Yusuf
Blue Chip Magazine, Issue 87, Volume 8, Islamabad, January-February 2012, pp. 16-19, ill.

Mariano Akerman: Bridging Cultures
by Sara Mahmood
Blue Chip Magazine, Issue 87, Volume 8, Islamabad, January-February 2012, pp. 20-24, ill.

Blue Chip Magazine can be found in several places in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.

Activities' general background. A passage from an article that appeared in the previous issue of BCM: "Pakistan is made up of four provinces, Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan, and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KP) – formerly known as the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Although English is the national language and Urdu is the common language, each of these provinces also has a regional dialect, and people from each province are distinctive and possess different cultures. Pakistan has come into international notice post 9/11 as a country that is on the main front line in the "War on Terror" – while internationally Pakistan’s actions have earned mixed reviews, the fact remains that in the years from 2003–2011, over 33,000 people have been fatalities to terrorist violence in Pakistan ("Pakistan Assessment," 2011). This position has affected the country’s stability, economy, and security deeply" (Maliha Shaikh, "Pakistan, Home of the Ajrak," January 2012).

Shazia Afridi
Inspiration and Expression Collage and Letters Competition
Pakistan 2010

According to the Pakistan Assessment, 33,213 is the number of fatalities until February 20, 2011 (South Asia Terrorism Portal). But by the end of 2011, this becomes 38,765; and up to now the total fatalities in terrorist violence in Pakistan equals 39,209 victims (Fatalities in Terrorist Violence in Pakistan 2003-2012, SATP Database, 5.2.2012). This means more than 1,000 dead persons per year. From 1948 to 2012, all the casualties of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict together were between 14,500 and 20,000 (List of Ongoing Military Conflicts). The war between Israelis and Palestinians would have claimed 20,000 victims in sixty-four years. The war in North-West Pakistan has claimed so far 40,000 victims, which means the double of victims, but in eight years.

André Maurois once said that art will give man what the world refuses to him: the union of contemplation and peace.

"Vers l'art libre et moderne," National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, 18.3.2010

Saba Malik
Inspiration and Expression Collage and Letters Competition
Pakistan 2010

Akerman, "Art from Belgium," lecture, Belgian Residence, Islamabad, 29.6.2010. Paintings from the exhibition Les raisons d'être can be seen in the background.

Shankar (eight-years old), The Hindukushi Elephant, Islamabad, 2011
Wax crayons and watercolor on paper

A most inspired young painter
Pakistan Drawing and Painting Workshop
by Mariano Akerman
International School of Islamabad, 10.3.2011

A remarkable collage made in Pakistan by a local student
Prized in the Gestalt Collage Competition
German Embassy, Islamabad, November 2011

Young Pakistanis are very curious about their pre-British past and how to connect with it. There is a freshness in the way they engage.

Gestalt Educational Program
Mariano Akerman lecturing at COMSATS University
Pakistan, 28.10.2011

Artwork: The Pakistani Period

Mariano Akerman, Tell Me about It, 2010
Collage, 45 x 45 cm

Akerman, Prickly Matters I, 2009
Collage, 27.5 x 19 cm.

Akerman, The Things I tell You, 2010
Collage, 45 x 45 cm
Sidra Khan Collection, San Francisco

Akerman, Memory, collage, 2009

Akerman, Hindu Kushi Garden, 2011
Collage, 45 x 25.5 cm
Hosai Rahimi Collection, Islamabad

Akerman, Some Questions, (2000) 2011
Watercolor, 36 x 15.5 cm
Dr Jenny Naseem, Islamabad

Online Information
Educational activities 2005-10
Educational activities 2011
The Gestalt Program
Seminaire des arts 2009-12

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Joan Pohl said...

This is magnificent! Love, Joan

Gina from the Center said...

Very Good !

Mónica Ottino said...

Querido Mariano: Felicitaciones por tus actividades y por dar a una sociedad con focos de gran violencia momentos de belleza y espiritualidad. Por cierto el arte es el gran refugio en tiempos de desdicha privada y pública y me parece admirable tu actividad. Un abrazo, Mónica Ottino

Ikram Haider said...

Thanks a lot: I love it.

Yoffi said...

This is very well done. Thank you for sharing with me. Being in Pakistan has influenced your art, colors and forms. Yoffi

Ilona Yusuf said...


Vivian Verbelen said...

Je trouve tes oeuvres très intéressantes et colorées.

Jacqueline Beaujean said...

Dessin moderne et couleurs chatoyantes.