Archive for February, 2018

Abi Tariq: the meaning of the meaning of the meaning of…

Monday, February 26th, 2018

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“ The meaning of the meaning of the meaning of. . . ”

For his first solo exhibition in Karachi, Abi Tariq presents a series of photographic images and an interactive text work. The artist deliberately avoids explicitly dictating what the work is about, but will lead the visitors into performing a discussion at the opening.

Opening Wednesday, 28th February 2018 6-9pm

Performing a discussion with Abi Tariq 7:30-8:15pm

Visitors are invited to actively engage with, interpret and discuss what the theme and conceptual relevance of the work is. You are also encouraged to submit a written response to the show.

Questions of the photographed body, security, privilege and leisure may arise.

Thank you for playing.

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Abi Tariq is a conceptual performance artist whose creative practice is inherently tautological. As if each work is a different iteration of the same core idea but specific to any given context. His art is inspired by the complex and often complicated entanglements between language, culture and power. Concerned with alternative modes of communication and existential thought, his life-practice is found hovering in the overlap between mysticism and the absurd. He is part of the Karachi based art collective TBP, and lives and works between Paris and Karachi.

Photographs by Clara Khevenhüller at the 17th Century German Baroque castle Schloss Pellendorf, Austria.

Orders for prints can be made at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition (28 Feb – 14th Mar).


Date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
[Performing a discussion with Abi Tariq 7:30-8:15pm]
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Karachi, how clean is the air you #breathe?

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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Air quality in Pakistan exceeds safe limits in all major cities. 135,000 deaths per year are attributed to ambient air pollution, making it the leading cause of sickness and death in Pakistan, as well as reduced life expectancy by 60 months. Smog is an ‘unrecognized’ public health emergency, with little or no awareness about the extent of the issue. Come and join this talk find out more: what constitutes as smog and air pollution, what are the health impacts, and what can I do to protect myself and my family?

Date: Tuesday, 27th February 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Postponed: Creative Writing Workshop with Bina Shah

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Dear all,

We regret to inform you that the Creative Writing Workshop with Bina Shah this Sunday has been postponed.

Unfortunately Bina Shah has come down with conjunctivitis. On behalf of Bina Shah, she is very sorry but she is not feeling well and, of course, does not want to infect any participants! We wish her a speedy recovery, but in the meantime, we will have to cancel the workshop for now.

The rescheduled date has not yet been confirmed. Participants who have signed up can either have their money returned, or can opt for us to keep their money and hold their seat for the rescheduled workshop. Registered participants have already been contacted by email with further details.

Thank you,
Team T2F


Thinking Films: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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Calling all film lovers! Join us on Wednesday, 21st February at Faraar Gallery, T2F for our latest session of Thinking Films: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.

The Book Club of films, Thinking Films is an ongoing series that showcases iconic films at T2F with a film screening followed by a group discussion. In this session, we will be screening Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, which is considered to be one of Bollywood’s finest comedies. A small budget film of, then, first-time filmmaker Kundan Shah, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Neena Gupta and Bhakti Barve and an incredibly talented crew, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is dark, hilarious and thought-provoking all at once.

We will wrap up the film screening with a group discussion. Our event is free, but please support us by buying some delicious popcorn for which proceeds will go directly towards the continuation of T2F’s programmes for the community!

Date: Wednesday, 21st February 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Film Screening: Them!

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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Join us on Sunday, 18th February 2018 for the screening of Them! in the latest session of T2F’s Science Ka Adda series.

Like all great sci-fi novels and stories, a truly brilliant sci-fi film is somewhat rooted in the realities of science – otherwise what differentiates it from any elaborate Fantasy film? Produced in 1954, when mummers of nuclear bombs and test sites were heard just about everywhere – from laboratories to living rooms – Them! explored the real life fears of radiation affecting nuclear bomb sites in the 1940s. Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon, Them! is regarded as one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

Following the film screening, we will have a discussion with the audience about how the film resonates in our contemporary understanding of the risks of nuclear tests and radiation today. Will we ever come close to the story of Them!?

About the film
Giant ants have appeared in the desert after irresponsible nuclear bomb tests in the ’40s left the area irradiated, and they’ve now become killers scavenging for food. Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and Drs. Patricia and Harold Medford are called in to investigate, and they discover that the ants have already laid eggs and moved on to more locations. If they don’t stop the nests from spreading, the entire world will soon be overrun with the giant monstrous THEM!

Date: Sunday, 18th February 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations welcome


Phool Patti Workshop with Haider Ali, Truck Artist

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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A quintessential mark of Pakistan’s vibrant art and culture, Truck Art is a home-grown art form that can be found on anything from clothes, to teapots and even body paint! Revered artist, Haider Ali, Truck Artist, the son and protégé of Pakistan’s first ever truck artist will be holding a three-part workshop at T2F to teach you how to create your own truck art inspired masterpieces!

All materials will be supplied by Haider Ali and students do not need to bring anything to the workshop.

To sign up, please register by visiting us at T2F and making your payment of Rs6000. No reservations will be accepted without full payment. We have 12 seats available for the workshop so sign up soon to reserve your seat!

Date: 20th, 22nd, 25th February 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs6000 for the entire workshop


Open Studio: Six Eyes Collective

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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Safwan and Marium strongly believe that the only way to bring social change in the city is through art and it’s appreciation. The duo covering several art fields – music, film, photography, fashion, and fine arts – work under the name of SIX EYES COLLECTIVE (a non-profit organization) promoting the arts in anyway they can. They work from voluntarily painting the city’s dirty walls with colour to giving creative release sessions in schools and reclaiming public spaces with music – all whilst continuously showcasing and exhibiting their artwork.

From the 19th February to 24th February, SIX EYES COLLECTIVE are bringing their workshop and artworks to T2F. Drop by to see some of their art, indulge in some creative release workshops or to just have a chat about why art is the only way to make this world better. The Open Studio will conclude with a Public Art Excursion on Saturday February 24th from noon to 5pm.

Date: Monday, 19th February – Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: noon – 9:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated


Qavvaali Mahfil: Hamza Akram

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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Join us on Saturday, 24th February for Qavvaali Mahfil with Hamza Akram. Hamza Akram, belongs to the 805 year old “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana” of Delhi and is the grandson of the inimitable qavvaals Munshi Raziuddin from his paternal side and Ustad Bahauddin from his maternal side. Hamza Akram performed in his early days with his uncles, Fareed and Abu Mohammad, who are considered to be the greatest qavvaals today.

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: 8:00-10:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs500


Creative Writing Workshop with Bina Shah

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

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Back by popular demand, T2F welcomes its second Creative Writing Workshop of 2018 on Sunday, February 25th at Faraar Gallery!

Creative writing is a skill that allows us not only to produce entertaining or thought-proving content for readers and audiences, but also provides us access to the inner workings and untapped corners of our own creative spirit and minds. So, whether you’re an aspiring novelist, writing hobbyist, or simply want to develop the craft of creative expression through storytelling to reach a deeper understanding of self (be it at work or at home), join us at T2F for a Creative Writing workshop with critically acclaimed author, Bina Shah.

About the instructor:
Bina Shah is a Karachi-based author of five novels and two collections of short stories. Her previous novel, A Season for Martyrs, was published in the US, France, and India to critical acclaim, while her forthcoming feminist dystopian novel, Before She Sleeps, will be published by Delphinium Books in August 2018. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, and a frequent guest on the BBC, she has contributed essays and op-eds to Granta, The Independent, and The Guardian, and writes a regular column for Dawn. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa. She is currently the president of the Alliance Francaise (Karachi) and works on issues of women’s rights and female empowerment in Pakistan and across Muslim countries.

**The workshop is open to 30 students max. To register, come in to Faraar Gallery, T2F from Thursday, 1st February, to pay and register with your name, cell number and email. Registrations without payment will not be accepted as spaces are limited. All participants registering MUST bring their own laptop or tablet to the workshop. **

Date: Sunday, 25th February 2018
Time: 10:45am-1:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs 2500


Mustafa Zaidi Ki Yaad Mayn

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

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Join us on Saturday, 17th February 2018 at Faraar Galler, T2F where we will celebrate esteemed progressive Urdu poet, Mustafa Zaidi. Moderated by Asif Farrukhi, the event will feature a variety of revered Pakistani lovers of literature as well as friends including Iftikhar Arif, Nusrat Zaidi, Tina Sani, as well as Mustafa Zaidi’s daughter, Ismat Zaidi – who has flown in for this event – to name a few.

The programme will be broadcast live on our Facebook page and will also be uploaded on our YouTube channel a week after the event.

Date: Saturday, 17th February 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated