Muhammad Zeeshan, Curator KB19, shared his plan to take art to audiences in public parks like Bagh Ibne Qasim, Frere Hall and Karachi Zoo. He also spoke at length about the interest KB19 and its theme has generated among artists, at home and abroad. Without revealing too much, he spoke about several innovative strategies he is working on, to increase the KB19 outreach beyond conventional venues.
Theme of KB19: Ecology
Flight Interrupted: Eco-leaks from the Invasion Desk
The thematic for KB19 is inspired by ecological consequences of dense urbanization – “Flight Interrupted: Eco-leaks from the Invasion Desk”. The title invokes loss of species of low flying birds wiped out by vertical structures in Karachi that broke their free flight and marginalized life-cycles.
KB19 was declared a Green Biennale at the launch as it will be partnering with other eco-friendly initiatives and also develop a sustainable exhibition design with the support of Pakistani and Swiss designers.
KBT-OPP launch Biannual Artists Residency
December 21, 2018 to January 21, 2019
The purpose of this residency is to provide a platform for grassroots community interaction to artists. During the residency, participants will spend four weeks in Orangi and exchange knowledge and skills with local residents. During the first residency the artists learnt valuable and rare skill of map-making from expert cartographers and charters. Mapping was Parveen Rahman’s legacy, the late social activist and Director of OPP, used it to empower the local communities by charting and recording the land that they owned and were allotted rights to.
The residency was curated by Muhammad Zeeshan and was attended by the artists Abid Aslam, Ahsan Javaid, Hasnain Ali, and Muneeb Aaqib.
This collaborative project of Karachi Biennale Trust and Orangi Pilot Project will be held every two years.
Open House at Orangi Pilot Project
Exhibition at Alliance Francaise Gallery
A STEAM Seminar for Curriculum Development was also held at the Goethe Institut for educators and makers working with creative technologies in Karachi. Stephen Kovats introduced the ASKotec Tool Kit in the workshop that contained all the components needed for STEAM Education and training to promote a ‘repair and maker culture’ especially in a non-structured educational environment. The Seminar was a first in the series of events that brought together many groups in Karachi that have similar interests in new teaching methodologies. This group includes Ejaadtech, The Lyceum School, NJV School, CBM, OPP, STEMERS and others.
The STEAM projects are a part of the KBT initiative since 2016 led by Atteqa Malik, Chair of KBT Outreach Committee. These projects introduce Creative Open Source technology for Life hacks to learners in Karachi.
First KB19 Roundtable
The First KB19 Discursive Roundtable addressed Displacement and Social Ecology through the art and research of Shahana Rajani. The panelists included the social activist, writer, and translator Aquila Ismail, historian Gul Hassan Kalamatti, and investigative journalist Naziha Syed Ali. The panel examined displacement in the local context which has been brought about by unplanned development, shifts in political boundaries, and urbanization. They used their firsthand experience to layer and expand the conversation.
The session was moderated by art critic Nimra Khan.
Second KB19 Roundtable
The Second Roundtable drew attention to physical barriers that have become an inherent part of the city’s infrastructure of fear and security threats. The work of the main speaker Seema Nusrat that focuses on the presence of barricades and security architecture was central to the discussion . The social, legal and psychological implications of physical and social barriers were expanded through the insights of the panelists; Dr. Rubina Feroz a psychologist and educator, Lynnette Viccaji educator blogger and author and Nausheen Ahmed from the legal fraternity.
The session was moderated by art critic Nusrat Khawaja.
Third KB19 Roundtable
The Third KB19 Discursive Roundtable examined the phenomenon of ‘Fake News’ through the lens of the documentary ‘Don Akhbar’ by filmmaker and artist Dostain Baloch. The panelists included the journalist and author Zahid Hussain, human rights activist and writer Zohra Yusuf, and the founder of on-line news platform Soch Sofyan Sultan. The panelists joined the artist to foreground the factors behind the manipulation of truth in the local and international media and recent initiatives to curb its impact.
The session was moderated by Aquila Ismail.
The KB19 Discursive Roundtables were organized in collaboration with Alliance Francaise.
Performance Art Workshop
A workshop will be conducted by Isabel Lewis, a Dominican-American performance artist and musician, for artists. ‘Communal Experience in Performing Instantly Created Fiction’ is an experimental workshop created by Isabel Lewis for instantaneous collaborative composition. It is an artistic situation that exposes the typical elements in the production of theater format. Participants collaborate together in real time to compose a kind of instant situational choreography collapsing the notions of stage and pre-production typically imposed by the theater format.
The workshop is being held in collaboration with Goethe Institut and NAPA.
Alice Kettle will conduct a workshop for facilitators to engage women with embroidery skills in low income communities. Their work will be brought together to create a collaborative project for KB19. APWA, RLCC and Behbud among others will participate in the project.
Alice is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK. Her unique area of practice uses the craft medium on an unparalleled scale.
The workshop is being held in collaboration with British Council.