The KB22 Inaugural Ceremony was held at NJV School on October 29, 2022. This prestigious event brought together KB22 sponsors, international artists, jury members, partners, cultural icons and other eminent members of society.
Four specially commissioned art prizes were presented to recognize young and mature artists. Ghias Khan, President and CEO of Engro Corporation Limited, lead partner of KB22, presented the two art prizes supported by Engro: the KB22 Engro Emerging Artist Prize and the KB22 Juried Art Prize. The later was given to the finest KB22 artwork selected by an international jury.
Mrs. Mahwish Siddiqui, Chief Patron of the Karachi Biennale, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Two art performances allowed guests to immerse themselves in the experience of the Biennale: a solo performance by Faqir Zulfiqar, a Borindo player and “The Forgotten March” performed by Amin Gulgee with students of NJV School.
As NJV School was the venue for four KB22 artworks, visitors had a unique opportunity to engage with international artists and explore their artwork.
The KB22 Closing Ceremony, a smaller, more intimate event, was held at NED University, City Campus. Two art prizes were presented during the ceremony – the Langdon-Malik Foundation Performance Art Prize and the Shahneela and Farhan Faruqi Popular Choice Prize. Both were won by young Pakistani artists.
KB22 participating Artist Collective KCR performed for the guests, demonstrating the seamless, brilliant intersection of art with technology during their light and sound performance.
The KBT team came together for a photograph before the memorable evening closed.