Archive for January, 2010

Fever Dreams

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of works by Reem Khurshid

Opening Date: Thursday, 4th Feb 2010 | 5:30 pm

“Based in part on my experiences living in Karachi, Fever Dreams is a non linear narrative of the imprints this city has left on me, from monsoon power cuts to winter riots. It is the tale of a sojourn through deep waters, a subterranean world where fantasy and memory, myth and reality combine, and the possibility of escape, of finally coming up for air.
Reem Khurshid


Reem Khurshid was born in 1986. A self-taught artist, she divides her time between painting and creating customized apparel for fellow sneakerheads. In 2009, her work was published in CURVY, an annual art book celebrating one hundred established and upcoming female illustrators from around the world, and exhibited at the book launch held in Sydney, Australia. As resident artist/co-founder of indie netlabel Mooshy Moo, she has also produced album art for local acts Dalt Wisney and Mole. Fever Dreams is her first exhibition in Karachi.

After the opening, there will be a music performance by Mole accompanied by Reem Khurshid painting live on canvas.

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm | Cover Fee: Rs. 100

The exhibition will continue until Wednesday, 17th February 2010

Opening Date: Thursday, 4th February, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F | Faraar
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In Their Own Voice: Zehra Nigah

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Join us for an evening of poetry and story-telling featuring Zehra Nigah

Sunday, 31st January 2010 | 6:00 pm

zehranigah.jpgZehra Nigah is one of Pakistan’s most prominent and loved poets. She burst onto the literary horizon as a child prodigy in the 1950s and has consistently been hailed as the one voice worth listening to on the mushaeraa circuit.

In an interview conducted by Aasim Akhtar, Zehra Nigah says:

A great poet is one who can form his own school of thought and inspire younger people. Political acumen is essential to great literature. How can a sensitive writer be oblivious to his surroundings?

Zehra Nigah has published three volumes of poetry, Shaam ka Pehla Taara, Waraq, and Firaq. She says she has never felt the urge to be prolific, to write when there is nothing to say. Yet every word that emerges from her pen, every syllable that she speaks, carries the spark of a luminous intelligence. (Some excerpts from the Hindu Literary Review)

We are truly grateful to Zehra Apa for always readily agreeing to come to T2F and to Dr. Asif Farrukhi for moderating the evening.

Date: Sunday, 31st January, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

A Novel Experience

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Join us at T2F for an evening of readings and conversation with the authors of Pakistan’s first collaborative novel

Saturday, 30th January 2010 | 6:30 pm

shadesofprey.jpgShades of Prey, a 52-chapter murder mystery set in Karachi, is the culmination of the project, A Novel Experience, which began at Generation’s School, Karachi, in 2005, with the intention of enhancing the writing skills of young people. Its authors are currently at college at a variety of institutions in Karachi, Lahore, and New York. Four of the six authors will be present at the book reading.

“Shades of Prey’s universal appeal lies in its being a gripping page-turner with an intriguing twist in the tale. But Shades of Prey is more than that. The backdrop is recognizably Pakistani. As the action moves across the urban landscape of parks, shopping malls, fun-fairs and suburban communities and enters the workings of newspaper offices, schools, police stations and television channels, it explores the functioning of our society.”

Lynette Viccaji – Teacher and Coordinator, English Literature
Convent of Jesus and Mary and The Lyceum, Karachi

The novel will be available for purchase at T2F’s Bookshop. If you already have a copy, bring it along and get it signed!

For more information and to view excerpts from the novel, please visit

Date: Saturday, 30th January, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

This Week at T2F

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Curtain raiser for Play It Again, Sam
Live Music and Mini Performances by IS Productions
Wednesday Jan 27th 2010 | 6:30 pm

A Novel Experience
Readings from Shades of Prey and conversations with the authors of Pakistan’s first collaborative novel
Saturday Jan 30th 2010 | 6:30 pm

An Evening with Zehra Nigah
Readings and anecdotes featuring one of Pakistan’s most loved poets
Sunday Jan 31st 2010 | 6:00 pm

A Politically Gridlocked Society Depicted Through Art

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Karachi: 16 January 2010

sophiya.jpgOur society is politically gridlocked, says Sophiya Khwaja, a Rawalpindi-based artist, whose latest works, “Forced Gridlock” opened at Faraar, the Second Floor (T2F) Friday evening. Her paintings, a contemporary mix of her print making, training, draughtsmanship, and miniatures, presented a dialogue on how people, while living in their limited bubbles, at some point or another, are affected by other social spheres …

Read the Full Report in The News

The inhabitants of the 21st century are observing “forced gridlocks”, especially those living in the third world countries: a major chunk of the youth feels they cannot do anything on their own; politicians feel there is no way out of the political mayhem; and economists are worried about the recession that has engulfed their minds …

Read the Full Report in The Daily Times

A Tribute to Asim Butt (1978-2010)

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

asim.jpgPlease join us in celebrating the life of Asim Butt – an artist, activist, and friend who enriched our lives with his talent, wit, and irrepressible spirit.

If you’d like to say a few words about Asim or share memories, videos or photographs, please let us know before Monday so that we can accommodate as many people as possible.

In Complete Solidarity!

Citizens Archive of Pakistan:

Date: Monday, 18th January, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Bindiya Chamkay Gi

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a screening of Bindiya Chamkay Gi and a discussion on gender issues

Sunday, 17th January 2010 | 6:30 pm

Bindiya Chamkay Gi is a short documentary-narrative focusing on the life of Bindiya Rana – an outspoken member of the Khwaja Sira (or Hijra) Community in Karachi. The film traces a day in her life and portrays the legal, social and cultural challenges that her community faces in present-day Pakistan. Bindiya Chamkay Gi is Ragni Kidvai’s first complete film, and is part of an academic thesis-project focusing on the Khwaja Sira Community in Karachi.

After the screening, Bindiya will talk about her new organization, GIA, and the work they are doing in the areas of transgender rights and social justice.

ragni.jpgAbout Ragni Kidvai

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Ragni Kidvai has been politically active from an early age. Starting with a high school internship at a video-production house, she has been using the media as a tool for social justice work ever since. Ragni went to Hampshire College in the US to study Political Philosophy with a focus on Identity Politics and Video Production. Ragni now lives and works in New York.

Date: Sunday, 17th January, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Digital Sorcery

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Join us at T2F for a peek inside the world of Animation, Visual Effects and Multishot Photography

Saturday, 16th January 2010 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

animation.jpgAnimation and Visual Effects is arguably the most rapidly evolving industry in the world. From Star Wars to Avatar, visual effects have come a long way. This fascinating session, conducted by Rehan Zia will demonstrate how computer generated characters and visual effects are combined seamlessly with live action film footage to take you through magical environments, realms of mystical creatures, and the ends of space.

Digital Multishot Photography techniques and their application to computer generated images will also be discussed.

About Rehan Zia

Rehan Zia is an amateur photographer and Demonstrator in Computer Animation and Digital Effects at the prestigious National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, U.K. He was responsible for establishing and heading the Department of Media Studies at Iqra University before leaving for the UK to pursue a Masters in Digital Effects. He is also a moderator for, the Pakistani Digital Artists Forum.

Rehan is starting his PhD (By Practice) in the same discipline and wants to contribute as much as possible to academia and the local industry during the course of his research.

Date: Saturday, 16th January, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Minimum Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

Forced Gridlock

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of works by Sophiya Khwaja

Opening Date: Friday, 15th Jan 2010 | 5:30 pm

sophiyakhwaja.jpg“My work deals with unwelcome external interferences in an individual’s everyday life. More recently, these interferences have evolved into those of a rigid, frustrated society that is found flourishing within our permanently gridlocked political and economic system. Through my work, I illustrate the individual’s varying reactions to these interferences, where these reactions range from acceptance to disconnection and even rejection”.
Sophiya Khwaja

Born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sophiya attended the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, where she selected Printmaking as her field of choice. After three years of intensive etching, she pursued a two year Printmaking Masters program at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) that she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship awarded in 2004. Her focus through the duration of her MFA at RISD was also primarily on etching.

Back from RISD, Sophiya now resides in Islamabad, Pakistan, with her husband and is currently exhibiting work both in Pakistan and the United States. She is also a visiting professor of Printmaking at NCA.

This exhibition marks the inauguration of “Faraar”, a new PeaceNiche project created especially to showcase the work of emerging artists, designers, and photographers.

The exhibition will continue until Sunday 31st January 2010.

Opening Date: Friday, 15th January, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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An Ode to Our Artists

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Thanks to the enthusiasm and graciousness of a group of young artists, we have art everywhere at T2F 2.0. This time round, all the artists volunteered to paint murals in various spots and we’re truly grateful to them for humanizing our space.

Zeerak Ahmed & Shoaib Rizvi

Zeerak and Shoaib spent the summer painting after finishing their A Levels from Karachi Grammar School in 2009. They got in touch with us looking for an opportunity to exhibit their work. We liked what they showed us and agreed to a show, and also asked them if they’d like to paint a mural on one of our walls.

“We got to work, completely overwhelmed by this opportunity, and at the end of three painstaking weeks we were finally done. The mural is mainly a comment on the world through our eyes. It is loosely based on the sufi idea that listening to music is a spiritual experience which can bring people closer to God, leaving behind the physical world fraught with catastrophe and urban squalor.


As we have both had training in classical eastern music, we feel very strongly about the power of this art form. The mural explores the concept of paradise, and our individual attempts to reach paradise while still living in the physical world. Being raised in an urban setting, we have become aware of the disappearance of vibrant colour from the cityscape that is now turning into various shades of gray. This mural was our little attempt to bring back color to the city and in doing so bring back color to our lives.
We thoroughly enjoyed the freedom we were given by the T2F team, who not only trusted us amateurs, but also enthusiastically welcomed our psychedelic palette and non-traditional style. Probably the best start that we could ask for as aspiring artists.”

Zeerak Ahmed is currently at Hiram College, USA, pursuing an undergraduate degree with an Art major and Music minor.

Shoaib Rizvi lives in Karachi and is going to be studying medicine in London in 2010.

Uzair Akram

Uzair Akram is a graphic artist living and working in Karachi. He spends his days working as a Creative Director at RGBlue Communications and the rest of his time drawing MyndMaps.


“The mural at the entrance of T2F is the first time I did a MyndMap for an organization as opposed to an individual. It took me 12 hours. Love & Peace”.

Ammad Tahir

Ammad is a graduate of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture with a major in Painting and a minor in Print-making. Since 2008, he has been actively involved in art projects, residencies, group shows and mural painting.


“I was delighted when T2F offered me a wall in the new space. The balcony, which is also a smoker’s area, was the perfect place for me to use my imagination and draw something close to my realities and emotions. I had been thinking about these unusual creatures that originate from the sea. These carnal characters, stung by jelly fish, have entered a trance-like space and become people of pleasure. They are alive and are celebrating the darkest realities of life, but nothing in them is human”.