REEL ON HAI, June 2016-2017
The most extensive Public Art Project in Pakistan
“ The dynamics of holding a biennale in a mega city are very different from those of smaller
cities. In order to penetrate the fabric of the city, the Karachi Biennale 2017 has planned an
extensive outreach program that aims to span 18 union councils of the city, “ Masuma Halai
Khwaja Chairperson Public Outreach Committee.
Reel On Hai is an ambitious public art project, aiming to rescue and transform discarded cable reels into works of art. 100 artists, designers, and architects will work on-site in parks, schools, hospitals, colleges, and other public places to engage communities through activities designed around the work, and sensitize them to art and the role it plays in projecting the dynamism of a people. KB Public Outreach Committee Chair, Masuma Halai Khwaja. Team includes Nasheed Imran, Bina Ali, Khushbu Shaukat, Ali Imani, Mohsin Sayeed, Shehzar Abro, Fatema Mandviwala, Zoya Nasir Iqbal, Safa Fareed, Ambareen Kazim Thompson, and Ainee Shehzad.
Main Activity Partner: Pakistan Cables Pvt. Ltd. Paint Partner: Akzonobel Pakistan Ltd.
Interactive Karachi Biennale Map
Urban Regeneration Talk Series, 2016-2017
A project by the Karachi Biennale Public Outreach Committee
A five talk series that traces the intellectual evolution of art in Pakistan. Discussions focus on the emergence of new media art forms, public art, and art law, and how these practices interact with urban rupture, which is an increasing concern for artists. Series spearheaded by Marvi Mazhar, team includes Nasheed Imran, Bina Ali, Mohsin Sayeed, Khushbu Shaukat, Shehzar Abro, Fatema Mandviwala, and Masuma Halai Khwaja. Sponsored by Paramount Books Pvt Ltd. Institutional partner T2F/PeaceNiche
Reclaiming City Spaces | 26 March 2016 | T2F | Moderator: Marvi Mazhar | Panellists: Shahid Abdullah, Hasnain Lotia, Aquila Ismail, Munawwar Syed, Haider Ali.
Public Art in the Local and Global Context | 14 May 2016 | T2F | Moderator: Niilofur Farrukh | Panellists: Gulraiz Khan, Masuma Halai Khwaja
Art as the City, The City as Art | 29 October 2016 | T2F | Moderator: Gulraiz Khan | Panellists: Durriya Qazi, Munawwar Syed, Shahana Rajani, Zahra Malkani.
Artist Talk by Imran Qureshi and Aisha Khalid
An interactive talk to familiarize budding artists with the trajectory and practices of two of Pakistan's most famous artists. Project spearheaded by Nasheed Imran, team includes Khushbu Shaukat, Ali Imani, Shehzar Abro, Zoya Nasir Iqbal, Safa Fareed, and Fatema Mandviwala. Institutional Partners: Karachi Grammar School
Introduction to Karachi Biennale:
Meet and Greet at the T2F | 27 February 2016
Public Art Projects of the Karachi Biennale | Habib University | 1 April 2016 | Moderator: Gulraiz Khan | Panel: Niilofur Farrukh and Masuma Halai Khwaja
Meet and Greet for Professor Schwenk | 21 November 2016
Public Art Initiatives in Germany by Professor Bernhart Schwenk, Chief Curator of Contemporary
Art, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Panel Discussion on Witness with regard to Memory and Erasure at KLF 2016 | February 2016
Panellists: Niilofur Farrukh, Asma Ibrahim, Camilla Chaudhry, and Masuma Halai Khwaja | Moderator: Aquila Ismail
Art Ki Talash, September 2016
A scavenger hunt designed to help participants discover Karachi through its Art and Architecture.
The Karachi Biennale will focus on both a visual and discursive interpretation of the theme Witness. Projects throughout the year will create opportunities to extend the critical discourse.
First Discursive Roundtable Pakistan’s Women Rights Movement as Witness
The Knowledge Lab will generate critical knowledge by facilitating points of intersection with diverse strands of intellectual dynamism in the local context. This interdisciplinary exchange will be in the form of roundtables/ panels and interviews in the months leading up to the Biennale. The dialogue between art critics, art historians, filmmakers, poets, writers and social activists will be documented in a publication that will serve as a resource for researchers and theorists.
The first session was held in November 2016 at the Pakistan Calling Film Festival under the rubric ‘Film as Witness’ that examined the content of iconic Pakistani films. The works of visual artists who have used video as a medium to comment on their time also came under discussion. Participating panelists were Hasan Zaidi ( filmmaker and founder of Kara Film Festival), Nameera Ahmed ( new media artist) and Sibtain Naqvi ( writer and researcher on culture) as discussants. The session was moderated by Niilofur Farrukh.
First Discursive Roundtable Pakistan’s Women Rights Movement as WitnessFeb 28, 2017
The Roundtable created an opportunity for a dialogue between artists and activists to unpack media stereotypes on women issues. Artists’ presentations highlighted the different ways in which each generation represents the personal and the political in their art. Women activists shared their long struggle which has lead to a greater awareness of women rights that in recent years made Pakistan’s historical pro-women legislation possible with participation of women politicians across party lines. Participants were Meher Afroze, Roohi Ahmed, Mariam Agha Hilda Saeed, Raheema Panhwar, Maliha Zia, Fareiha Aziz and Qurat Mirza with Niilofur Farrukh and Aquila Ismail as moderators.
Baithak has traditionally been an informal space for an exchange of ideas in South Asia. Eminent thinkers from different fields will be invited for a public dialogue with art critics and artists during the Biennale.
Reading sessions by artists, poets and writers who will read texts from poetry/ fiction/ history/ philosophy / social commentary that have had an influence on them and their career. These will be interactive sessions with audience participation during the Karachi Biennale.
Karachi Art Directory
A team of research interns in the summer of 2016 compiled current data on visual artists, exponents of popular and traditional arts, art critics, curators, art educational institutions and galleries. This seminal research will be valuable in understanding the scale and diversity of art practices that exists in the city. The Project co-ordinators: Bushra Hussain and Tazeen Hussain. This research project of Karachi Biennale Project is in collaboration with V M Gallery Research Library .