The Biennale in Karachi, KB17, is a visionary platform that focuses on innovation, excellence and criticality through curatorial strategies that will bring art from Pakistan and the rest of the world together for a large public audience. Its discursive interventions aim to cross-pollinate ideas and explore meaning and truth across disciplines and contexts.
Artists are invited to respond to the theme WITNESS. Art as a testament of its time has always held signiﬁcance, particularly in times when memory is heavily contested. According to Kundera, “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memories against forgetting”. The theme Witness has been chosen for its strong relevance to the politics of representation, erasure and selective documentation.
The main venue of KB17 is the 160-year-old, NJV School building which is located within the historical precincts of one of the most populous cities of the world. This will give easy access to new audiences and also bring into discussion Karachi’s history, which has been often overshadowed by tensions of rapid growth.