“Karachi Biennale (KB) is the flagship project of the KBT that has been designed to use art as a vehicle to discover, discuss and respond to Karachi.”
The Karachi Biennale Trust (KBT) was founded, in 2016, by a group of art professionals and educators as a platform to promote creativity, innovation and criticality in the visual arts. KBT is a registered Trust and operates as a non-profit organization. KBT works closely with a network of philanthropists and local and international cultural, and educational organizations. It is generously supported by the corporate sector.
The Karachi Biennale is KBT’s core project that connects art, the city and its people, and acts like a temporary museum showcasing leading artists in Karachi. The activities usually start 12 months ahead, with workshops and talks to introduce the theme of the coming Biennale in educational institutions, schools and at public forums. During the two–week long Biennale, exhibitions are held in multiple locations across the city, including heritage sites and public parks. It attracts visitors from all over Pakistan and abroad, who are keen to experience museum quality art through exhibitions, artist talks, seminars and guided tours that are free for all.
Each Biennale revolves around a theme that is anchored in the host city and also has an international relevance. In 2017, the theme of the Biennale was ‘Witness’ that invited artists to introspect on their times through experiences that were personal, political and social. The second Biennale in KB19 focused on the devastating ‘development footprint’ on ecology that is crucial to Karachi and other cities faced with Climate Change. In October 2022, artists will exhibit works under the rubric ‘Collective Imagination: Now and the Next’, that captures the expanding integration of technology with art.