In March 2016 the Lahore Biennale Foundation announced its intention to put in place a new biennial starting in November 2017 (see “New Biennale for Pakistan”), whose purpose was to cast light on the art scene in Pakistan.

Responsibility for the new event’s programming was given to Rashid Rana, an internationally renowned Pakistani artist who wished to “explore the ways in which art can change society” and to modernise the biennial concept. However, today it seems that Rana and the foundation no longer see eye to eye, and has announced in a statement on Instagram that he would be leaving his position as artistic director.

“Owing to different views on the vision for Lahore Biennale 01 – Mr Rashid Rana and the Lahore Biennale Foundation were not able to reach a formal agreement on their proposed collaborative relationship and have decided to amicably part ways and not work together”.

According to Artforum, the news has disrupted the plans for the event. It will no longer be held in November as forecast but in February 2018. The organisers are expected to announce the name of the new artistic director very shortly.

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