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Karwan-i-Hayat Arts Work Exhibition at Fomma DHA Art Centre


DHA provides best recreational, healthy and entertainment facilities to its residents to make their lives socially enriching and culturally vibrant. Defence Authority Zamzama Park is one such arena where FOMMA (Foundation for Museum of Modern Art) DHA Art Centre (FDAC) is located which is a centre of activity for promotion of arts and culture in DHA.

Karwan-i-Hayat, an institute for mental health care, held an exhibition of artworks prepared by its patient at FDAC in Zamzama Park. The exhibition was a part of psychiatric and rehabilitation treatment imparted by the organization to its patients. DHA provided all administrative support and security arrangements to the organization for holding the exhibition in a smooth and befitting manner.

Thirty four pieces of combined artwork prepared by fifty patients were put on display with the view to create awareness and challenge the rampantly distorted views society fosters of mentally ill people. The psychiatric patients in their artwork expressed their inner conflict/anxieties on canvas which allowed them to accept and repair themselves in a healthier way; it was indeed a unique recovery therapy via art. The recurring theme in most paintings was water, artists finding themselves surrounded by some water body or gazing at it from a safe distance. From pencil sketching of birds to tapestries and embroidery, water paintings, crochet work, calligraphy and rallies all were put up brilliantly on display.

Administrator DHA Brig Shahid Hassan Ali said that DHA encourages and support community oriented welfare measures to promote positive and creative trends in society. He said that display of artworks by psychiatric patients was a unique and important art venture which DHA celebrated and encouraged in all its forms and manifestations.

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