Archive for January, 2016

Comedy Scene

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Friday, 29th January 2016 | 8 – 10PM

We are aware that there is a dearth of entertainment options in the city. But instead of complaining about it, we, a group of comedians from Karachi, have decided to get our Jibran Nasir on and #fixit! 

Friday, the 29th of January, 2016, marks the launch of our monthly comedy platform where we shall unite at T2F to set up COMEDY SCENE, an opportunity for all aspiring comedians to PERFORM. Yes, perform.

Since we want to create a culture for comedy in the city, the platform is open to all for viewing and for taking the stage! The rib-tickling, tummy splitting line-up for the show on the 29th of January at T2F is:

Umar Ahmed: An actor, a writer, a singer, a screenwriter and a guitarist are all things he would probably be if he had any talent.

Nida Syed: Artist, writer, gallery manager and an obsessive cyber stalker. If you are reading this, chances are she’s already stalked you too.

Muhammad Altamash is a compulsive procrastinator, he has promised to write the rest of this bio later. 

Hassnain Shah: well known for spending long hours trying to forget rather than learn a new language (Urdu). Hassnain can often be spotted in Saddar happily buying products at Zainab market for three times their original price.

Fahad Zaki: He learnt English from Sesame Street and still makes people turn heads with his muppet voice.

Syed Osama: Bio shuru hotay hi khatam, much like his height!

Kashif Shehzad: He makes Blueprints by profession. For the rest, ask Baban Mian. Baban Mian knows best.

Faraz Ahmed: Advertiser by day, standup comedian by night, Faraz delivers a unique brand of humor – The Crazy Gentleman.

Faheem Azam is an actor, a writer, coach, counselor and a face reader. The potpourri adds fun and humor to his life and according to him, occasionally makes himself a joke.

So come and laugh away your troubles at our modestly priced night of standup comedy which will feature 9 exciting comedians from Karachi. 

All proceeds from the show will be donated to T2F.

Please note that there will be no foul language in the show and content will be appropriate for anyone aged 12 and over.

Those who would like to showcase their comedy talents at future shows, should send a message to


When: Friday, 29th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8 – 10PM
Entry: Rs.200 (All proceeds from the event will be donated to T2F)



Monday, January 25th, 2016

Sunday, 24th January 2016 | 5 – 8PM

The fifth and final show of Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay (ISKPT), which started in Lahore in November 2015, is titled Talay, which loosely translates as beneath. The word is loaded with connotations referencing being beneath society’s judging gaze to being lower in the great social and economic ladder. It is a word used much to signify class, place and identity.

Here, two artists: Ali Imani and Saadat Munir use varying media to illustrate themes of connectivity, understanding and dialogue, the founding elements of this three month long project.

Ali Imani uses elements of architecture and interior design to highlight how both can be used as tools of exclusivity and inclusivity. For Talay, Ali Imani will re-interpret one of societies most used pieces of furniture: the settee, turning it into a device that encourages both connectivity and conversation.

Saadat Munir, who currently resides in Denmark, explores the lives of the marginalized and misunderstood through the lens of a camera. We will be screening his documentary, Chupan Chupai: Hide and Seek, which investigates the lives of those in the Pakistani queer community, in particular Pakistani transgenders, who despite their long historical presence within South Asia still face a great deal of prejudice. 

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session by Kami Chaudhry, trans-activist and social worker for Naz Male Health Alliance. Naz is an organization that promotes free STD and HIV screenings for transgenders and MSMs throughout Pakistan.

Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay, The Shadow Over Our Flag, is the first project of its kind in Pakistan. A travelling art show that seeks to build bridges between artists and their wider community, and invites people into difficult but necessary conversations. As well as tackling issues of marginalization and minority politics in Pakistan, Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay looks at ethnic, religious and gendered communities in the country and within art institutions themselves.

Having started in Lahore with our first show in November, Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay has already begun creating spaces of cohesion. The works to be displayed include those composed by death row inmates and nearly 25 children photographers from Karachi’s Neelum and Shah Rasool Colonies. They will sit alongside the works of artists from a wide array of backgrounds whose collective work observes a fractured nation.

The project has now reached where it will feature works of additional local artists and will spread out over four different venues across Karachi through the month of January. These spaces include the Jamshed Memorial Hall, The Second Floor, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture and 71 Clifton. In choosing not to exhibit at commercial galleries, we investigate the effects that physical spaces have to marginalize people. The premise of Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay is to understand difference and diversity, to absorb the cultural contexts of Lahore and then Karachi. In this way, we hope to be part of a growing movement that broadens the boundaries of what we as a society have labeled as art. 

Official Hashtags:
#issayekayparchamtalay, #ISKPT and #thecityasgallery

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When: Sunday, 24th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 5 – 8PM
Entry: Free!

Rebel Angel: Celebrating the life and art of Asim Butt (1978-2010)

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Friday, 15th January 2016 | 6:00PM onwards

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

The evening will commence with an outdoor stencil activity followed by a panel discussion with Sameera Raja, Tapu Javeri, Arif Mahmood and Shahana Rajani. 

If you’d like to say a few words about Asim or share memories in any medium that works for you, please let us know before Friday so we can accommodate as many people as possible. 

Outdoor Stencil Activity | 6PM onwards
Bringing Asim’s graffiti back to the streets. Grab a spray can and join us outside!

Panel Discussion | 7PM (Samira Raja, Tapu Javeri, Arif Mahmood & Shahana Rajani)

Sameera Raja:
Sameera Raja was trained as an architect from the National college of Arts, Lahore in 1991. After some years of architectural practice, she founded Canvas Gallery in Karachi, the premier Art Gallery of Pakistan dealing in modern, miniature and contemporary art.

Tapu Javeri: 
Tapu Javeri is a Pakistani fashion and art photographer.

Arif Mahmood:
Since 1989 Arif Mahmood has photographed for most magazines and newspapers of the country. Presently he is working as the Chief Operating Officer at White Star Photo Pvt Ltd, a private photographic firm based in Karachi.

Shahana Rajani (Moderator):
Shahana Rajani is a curator, artist, and educator based in Karachi, Pakistan. She has worked extensively on community-based projects exploring urban space, violence, and the politics of grief, while also using printed matter and the internet as subversive mediums to reach diverse audiences and create cross-place connections.

Asim Butt Final

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When: Friday, 15th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM onwards
Entry: Free!

Little Red Roses – A Short Film by Asim Abbasi

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Tuesday, 12th January 2016 | 7PM

On the cusp of puberty, a young girl who dresses up as a boy to sell roses on the streets of Karachi, has a chance encounter with a famous actress/model whom she idolises.

Cast: Miraal Sara Intesar, Tabinda Rafiq, Tara Mahmood
Production Design: Aarij Hashimi
Director of Photography: Mo Azmi
Produced by: Ali Raza
Written & Directed by: Asim Abbasi

About the Director:
Asim Abbasi is an award-winning filmmaker having studied at the LSE, SOAS and London Film Academy. His short films have played at several festivals around the world including the BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival, New Filmmakers NY, HollyShorts Los Angeles, Williamsburg Independent, Cannes Short Film Corner and Shortini Italy.

The screening will be followed by a Q/A session with the 


When: Tuesday, 12th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Free!

The Minority in Question: A talk by Vazira Zamindar

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Sunday, 10th January 2016 | 7PM

Vazira wrote an article for Dawn earlier this year. The article was part of a larger project thinking about “minority” in twentieth century nationalism, its European lineaments and Indian specificities, and generated by a close scrutiny of Ambedkar’s writings, Thoughts on Pakistan and Annihilation of Caste.

Vazira will be with us for an open discussion in which this intellectual history has shaped continuous and intense violence to mark and render legible, the otherwise unmarked body of the “minority” in both India and Pakistan.

Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar is a historian of modern South Asia, with an interest in twentieth century histories of decolonization, nation-state formation, displacement, war, resistance and the visual archive. Her book, The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories, was published by Columbia University Press in 2007, the Indian and Pakistani editions of the book came out in 2008, and the Urdu translation in 2014. 

While minorities, partitions, and refugees remain enduring concerns, she is presently working on a book on the history of archaeology, visual practices and war on the northwest frontier of British India, on the borderlands with Afghanistan, and has received the International Institute of Asian Studies Fellowship, the Fulbright, and the National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship, amongst others, for this project. Tied more intimately to the present, she has been following the stories of a single death that occurred during her fieldwork in Pakistan.

As co-director of the South Asian Studies Program. she has helped organize several speaker series, the South Asia Documentary Film Festival, 2011, the Brown-Harvard Pakistani Film Festival, 2014 and 2015, as well as the inter-disciplinary Theory from the South reading group.

With a commitment to public engagement, she has been involved in organizing teach-ins on campus, and has worked with Primary Source and the Choices program, FirstWorks Providence, the RISD Museum, as well as the Lahore Museum.


When: Sunday, 10th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Free!

Exhausted Geographies Talk Series 2: In conversation with Nausheen H. Anwar & Sarwat Viqar

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Saturday, 9th January 2016 | 6PM

“Mapping Politics In/Of the city: In conversation with Nausheen Anwar & Sarwat Viqar”

Nausheen Anwar and Sarwat Viqar will discuss the politics of mapping and representing the city. They will share their research for a recent art publication, Exhausted Geographies, and will discuss the role of mapping in their research and academic practices in the disciplines of urban studies and anthropology. 

Exhausted Geographies is a radical engagement with the politics of representation and map-making in order to explore and produce new ways of seeing and imagining cities in the global south. This publication is a collection of 7 maps, each coupled with an essay, contributed by artists, architects, historians, urban planners, geographers and anthropologists working on/in Karachi. It is a coming together of different situated and localized knowledges to enable an exchange of ideas and methodologies beyond the borders of the academy and the art world. Using artistic and interdisciplinary research methods, the contributors subvert mapmaking into an open and critical medium to produce visual representations of space, temporality, politics and human relationships.

Nausheen H. Anwar is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan. She received her PhD from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University. She is the author of Infrastructure Redux: Crisis, Progress in Industrial Pakistan & Beyond (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), which explores, through detailed cases of Sialkot and Faisalabad in industrializing Punjab, the double-edged narratives of development that frame infrastructure in post-independence Pakistan. 

Nausheen is the recipient of several grants that center on themes such as gender and inequality, conflict resolution and urban governance, migration, and political-economy of infrastructure development. Her current project examines shifting registers of mobility, infrastructures and political authority that mediate everyday life in a constellation of cities and towns that connect the border regions of Iran and Pakistan. Aspects of Nausheen’s work also appear in the journals Antipode, Environment and Planning A, and South Asian History and Culture. She has held post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University and at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University Singapore.

Sarwat Viqar is an architect and urban anthropologist whose work explores the socio-spatial dialectics that shape life and politics in postcolonial cities. Her doctoral thesis is an examination of sovereign power and public space in Karachi’s inner city quarters. She is a PhD candidate in the departments of history and anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. She also teaches in the Humanities Faculty in John Abbott College, Montreal, Canada. She has a bachelors in architecture from Dawood College of Engineering and Technology and then obtained a Masters in architecture from McGill University.


When: Saturday, 9th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 6:00PM
Entry: Free!

The Art of Kathak: A Workshop Finale Performance

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Thursday, 7th January 2016 | 7PM

Join us for a Kathak Workshop Finale Performance by Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, a renowned classical performer of the country. 

She will be accompanied by Ustad Khursheed Hussain (tabla), Ustad Mehmood Ali Khan (vocals and harmonium), Yousuf Kerai (tabla) and Shehroze Hussain (sitar).

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When: Thursday, 7th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs.300


Monday, January 4th, 2016

Wed 8th Jan 2016 | 8:00PM

In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and her team chronicle the lives of the indigenous porters of Gilgit/Baltistan in Pakistan. These unsung heroes of mountaineering make possible the ascent of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. 

Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the courage and everyday sacrifices of these unacknowledged porters. It also provides a fresh look into Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as being merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife. 

Iara Lee, activist & filmmaker, is the founder of Cultures of Resistance Network. She collaborates with agitators, educators, artists and changemakers around the world to build global solidarity through creative resistance and nonviolent action. Iara has produced several short and full-length documentaries to promote conflict prevention and resolution, and is working on a variety of humanitarian, arts & culture diplomacy projects. 

Jawad Sharif is a Pakistani filmmaker, cinematographer, and editor. He has an unusual talent for revealing surprising human moments – all with unparalleled craft and creativity. His work is always looking into dark corners, finding the light, and addressing the themes of justice, transformation, and healing. His production company Bipolar Films is comprised of a seasoned team of award-winning filmmakers, cinematographers, and producers.



When: Wednesday, 6th January 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM
Entry: Free! (Please support us by donating to