Pakistan’s Passionate, Young Artists Defy Stereotypes
Despite terror threats, the youth of Lahore, Pakistan, remain passionate—and vocal—about their right to free expression.
Vibrant, young, and liberal, the city of Lahore has been the progressive capital of Pakistan for over a century. French photographer Matthieu Paley, who has spent years living in and trekking in the country's mountainous region, calls it “the cultural heart of Pakistan.”
The city—created in part to be a haven for Muslim minorities—took on the artistic mantle in an unconventional way. In 1875, when the area was still part of India (and still under British control), a western advocate for the arts named John Lockwood Kipling helped open an art school and a museum there. Kipling was the school’s first principal and the museum’s first curator. His work was to preserve and showcase the crafts, music, and architecture