Fugitive Histories in Publication by Naila Mahmood


Old Urdu books of all genres reflect their readership, and the cultural ethos of an era that witnessed major transformations. As well as their ‘content’, books carry personal memories, reflected in the journey of the book itself through changes in ownership. This photographic project examines the histories embedded within Urdu books, in particular popular North Indian cookbooks that were in circulation in the first half of the 20th century.

Naila Mahmood is a Karachi based visual artist, writer and documentary photographer. Her works investigate gendered and unequal urban spaces and artefacts that define them. Her work has been shown internationally. She has taught Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, and is the Director of Vasl Artists’ Association, Karachi.

Location: College of Art & Design, Punjab University

Date: February 25, 2020