Archive for February, 2012

Quilted Art: A Talk by Tahereh Sheerazie and an Exhibition by Home-Based Artisans

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Sunday, 4th March 2012 | 6:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with quilt art workshop designer, Tahereh Sheerazie and an exhibition of works by artisans from Quetta and Shikarpur.

In quilting workshops conducted in Balakot, Abbotabbad, Ghazi, Shikrpur, and Quetta, women artisan members of Sabah Pakistan were challenged to create what interests and moves them; whether objects, figures, patterns or stories, with fabric and thread. This challenge initially surprised, but excited them.

Tahereh Sheerazie will speak about the process of empowering the artisans to do their own thing, never intervening, except for the demand that the work be their own, and to ensure quality in the finish. This exercise in creative expression was a deep dive for the women – it brought about communal bonding and was a transformational experience in gaining self confidence.

A range of quilted art products will be available for purchase after the talk.

Quilted Art

Date: Sunday, 4th March, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


Feica: A Retrospective of Political Cartoons and Paintings

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Opening Night: Thursday, 1st March 2012 | 5:00 pm

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of works featuring the iconic Rafique Ahmad, popularly known as Feica.

Feica RetrospectiveFeica is one of Pakistan’s most outspoken political cartoonists. Born in Multan in 1957, Feica grew up in a culture where drawing was considered ’sinful’. Now based in Karachi, he works as the resident cartoonist at Dawn. An artist and a journalist, Feica’s insightful cartoons are often a scathing commentary on political events and leaders.

Deeply committed to the cause of freedom and peace, Feica has created several murals for the Karachi Press Club and is often spotted at peace marches and anti war rallies. Feica has fought long and hard for peace with his brush and we are proud to present a retrospective of his works.

Feica's Works

Opening Date and Time: Thursday, 1st March 2012 | 5:00 pm
Closing Date: Sunday, 18th March 2012
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm – Daily
Venue: Faraar: A Playground for Creative Expression
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The Changing Sociology of Karachi: A Talk by Arif Hasan

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Tuesday, 28th February 2011 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with Arif Hasan on the causes, trends, and repercussions of the changing sociology of Karachi.

Arif HasanArif Hasan will talk about Karachi’s transformation from a cosmopolitan colonial port city to a multi-ethnic, multi-class megacity. He will focus on the social changes and the conflicts between emerging behavior patterns and traditional social values.

About Arif Hasan

Arif Hasan studied Architecture at Oxford Polytechnic in the United Kingdom and runs a successful practice as an architect and urban planner. He is also a teacher, social researcher, consultant, and writer. The Orangi Pilot Project is one of his most famous initiatives and has inspired a lot of other countries to replicate similar projects in their environments.


This event is brought to you by Habib University Foundation as part of the Yohsin Lecture Series


Date: Tuesday, 28th February, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


My Journey as a Witness: An Evening with Shahidul Alam

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Wednesday, 29th February 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for a rare insight into the evolution of one of the most significant movements in contemporary photography, through the eyes and voice of the man who shaped it.

My Journey as a Witness An extraordinary artist, eloquent with words and images, Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, activist and social entrepreneur, leading us through the social and artistic struggles that transformed a country known largely for poverty and disasters into one of the giants in contemporary photography.

Lucid and personal, My Journey as a Witness engages the realities of survival with the larger vision of building a more egalitarian society. This is storytelling at its best, with over 100 photographs tracing Alam’s artistic career, activism, and the founding of remarkable photography organizations.

From early images shot in England in the 1980s, to photographs of the last two decades, mostly in his native Bangladesh, this is a journey from photojournalism into social justice. Alam’s superb imagery is matched by his perceptive accounts, deeply intimate and bitingly satirical.

The book is listed in the “Best Photo Books of the year 2011” compilation by American Photo Magazine. John Godfrey Morris the former picture editor of Life Magazine has called it “the most important book ever written by a photographer”.

Shahidul Alam was born in Bangladesh in 1955. Profoundly influenced by inequality in his country and the liberation war, he left a career in science in the west to pursue a life in photography challenging oppression and imperialism in all its forms. Attacked, arrested, and threatened with death, Alam has built what many consider to be the finest photography school in the world, an award winning agency, and the world’s most demographically diverse photo festival. Widely celebrated, Alam claims as his achievements not the awards he has won or the impressive list of exhibits, but the people he has trained and the lives he has transformed.

Shahidul Alam

Date: Wednesday, 29th February, 2012
Time: 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.


The Great LOL of Comedy

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Saturday, 25th February 2012 | 7:30 pm

His Royal Cheapness Studios / The Laughter Movement present The Great LOL of Comedy, a standup and improv comedy show featuring a lineup that needs no introduction. You probably don’t know them but they’re funny and that’s all that matters.

Featuring

  • Aadi Adeel
  • Akber Chaudry
  • Ryner Gill
  • Junaid Akram

Rated 16+ Discretion is advised.

His Royal Cheapness

Date: Saturday, 25th February, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Entry: Rs. 200
Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.


The 1971 Diaries: Sips from a Broken Teacup

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Friday, 24th February 2012 | 7:00 pm

Join us at T2F for an evening of conversation with Raihana A. Hasan, interwoven with readings of excerpts by Zambeel Dramatic Readings.

Sips from a Broken TeacupAn autobiographical account, Sips from a Broken Teacup describes the remote, pre-1971 world of the tea-plantations and the events that brought that era and that world to an abrupt end during the mindless bloodlust that tore Pakistan apart.

Panelist: Nuzhat Kidvai
Moderator: Ishrat Lindblad
Readings: Zambeel Dramatic Readings

Raihana A. Hasan
As a tea planter’s wife, Raihana Hasan experienced life on the tea estates, surviving the turmoil following the 1970 general elections and the violence unleashed by the 1971 civil war. After escaping to West Pakistan, she worked first as a lecturer in English at Karachi College and as a copywriter until she joined PIA, from which she retired as a General Manager. She is now a freelance editor, columnist and writer, having translated several works of Urdu into English, including the autobiography of her mother, Dr. Fatima Shah, the late Founder-President of the Pakistan Association of the Blind.

Ishrat Lindblad
Ishrat Lindblad is a PhD in English Literature from the University of Uppsala. She worked as Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University and is currently the co-principal of The Lyceum School in Karachi.

Nuzhat Kidvai
Nuzhat Kidvai is an education technology consultant, a founder member of WAF, and a women’s rights activist.

Zambeel Dramatic Readings
Formed by Mahvash Faruqi, Asma Mundrawala and Saife Hasan, Zambeel Dramatic Readings present texts in Urdu and English rendered in their dramatised form, to create a dynamic collusion between literature and performance.

Date: Friday, 24th February, 2012
Time: 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.


The Acting Wheel Turns One!

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Thursday, 23rd February 2012 | 7:30 pm

The Acting Wheel kicked off at T2F in February 2011. The brainchild of 3 co-founders, Nausheen, Khurram and Q, The Acting Wheel has grown rapidly to 900+ members. They hold regular, public “act-ups” every other Thursday at T2F and anyone who is interested in improv, comedy, or acting is welcome to join in the fun by participating in improv games and impromptu script readings. 

The Acting Wheel

Why do they do this? Because they are a Party of Participation and a Community of Comedy. So whether you’re a creative comic, an amateur actor or anyone in between, The Acting Wheel invites you to be part of their Circle of Silliness.
 
The Acting Wheel will celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday, 23rd February and you are invited to join them for an evening of laughter, improv and the funnest fun.

Your Invitation to Improvisation: http://on.fb.me/wD8Ny8

Date: Thursday, 23rd February, 2012
Time: 7:30 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.


Black and White: Recent Works by Salma Raza

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Opening Night: Tuesday, 21st February 2012 | 5:00 pm

Join us at Faraar for an exhibition of recent works featuring Salma Raza.

Salma Raza is an artist invested in exploring drawing and photography. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in London. Faraar is proud to host her first solo exhibit in Karachi, where she will be showing black and white pen and ink and charcoal drawings.

Salma Raza

Salma says, “I am interested in all the aspects of drawing and find it to be a subject with there is an endless destination. With each new drawing comes an element of surprise and discovery. I feel that in that process of aspiring to create something new, the process itself becomes the experience, which holds the most energy. Line is also such an element that changes and shifts with the tide but the closer the observation becomes, the more vibrant and informative the line. I have always drawn and though I use brushes and color as well as working in black and white, I feel I am primarily concerned with the shape and scaffold of forms.

My recent collection of drawings is based on observation of the human form, at times a more straightforward account and at other times I overlap images, playing with scale and dimension, appearing more abstract. I have often found that abstraction comes from somewhere and sometimes the most abstract work is the most closely observed”.

Opening Date and Time: Tuesday, 21st February 2012 | 5:00 pm
Closing Date: Sunday, 26th February 2012
Gallery Hours: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm – Daily
Venue: Faraar: A Playground for Creative Expression
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T2F Blurb for Home Page

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

T2F (formerly The Second Floor) is the first project of PeaceNiche. A community space for open dialogue, T2F provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, public discourse, and advocacy using progressive ideas and the new media. Other PeaceNiche initiatives include Faraar – A Playground for Creative Expression, Science Ka Adda, and the Urdu Poetry Preservation Project.


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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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