Creative Pakistan – What is the need?

Last weekend, Karachi had the chance to once again be swept away by Karachi Literature Festival, or as we more lovingly like to call it KLF. And while for the sake of this post, I would refrain from commenting about how it was yet one more year of the same old topics and the same old names any negative comments about the event. Instead I would focus on one of the only rare and extremely bearable of the more interesting session, for me, in the event.

Sherry Rehman and Jude Kelly on Can “Creative Pakistan” save “Unstable Pakistan”? Image: tribune.com

Can “Creative Pakistan” undo “Unstable” Pakistan?  is a question that has been asked far too many times, so much so that now you really take a moment to consider whether the question “So what is it that you do?” really worth answering. “Oh I am a curator.. and I worked for Museums and Art Galleries before….”

“Really.. wow… must be tough. But it hardly makes sense in a country like ours? People have so much more to worry about”

And while I would love to say to such people “I tried so hard to kill this one talent that I had, but goddamnit, I am one stubborn person, who just won’t budge from wasting her time on this useless pursuit”, the most that you can really do is, give a smile and move along or get a kick from under the table from whoever is accompanying you to ensure that you don’t put yourself, but primarily them, in an awkward social moment.  Continue reading

Printmaking Season comes to Pakistan!

Well Printmaking has never hit the country as hard as it has this September.

I had seen first hand the vigor with which Romila (Kareem) had been working for the 1st (ever) International Print Biennale, which finally takes place (you should be guessing this by now) in September – 13th September to be more accurate. What no one did expect was that it would work as a catalyst for reviving and putting the spotlight on Printmaking as a whole. Safe to say, Romila has simply done us proud.

1st International Print Biennale

And while the Biennale is to open tonight, already the atmosphere has been created.  Continue reading