Monument Valley, Seasons 2 & 3, In Memoriam of Sabeen Mahmud

Saturday, 25th March 2017 – Saturday, 1st April 2017

Faraar Gallery is pleased to present Monument Valley, Seasons 2 & 3, in Memoriam of Sabeen Mahmud, an exhibition of new digital collages by JFrançois Chénin. This is his second solo show with Faraar Gallery, which he has dedicated to the memory of Sabeen Mahmud.

“Monument Valley is a childhood remembrance, a journey, a particular relationship with pop art and collages, a literally literary attempt.

I never liked painting; at best some drawings with China ink a long time ago, an attraction for architect’s designs, the use of rOtring pen and ruler, the highlighting and white spaces, very little of blue in that period, above all red, grey, black, a good pair of scissors and glue, some collages with the help of cartoons, newspapers and the utilization of trichloroethylene in quest of superposition and transparence, above all faces on handwritten pages. As good as to confess that nothing destined me to picture-drawing.

This childhood was a patchwork, a sequence of instant sensations, reconstituted afterwards.

I am only preoccupied with the balance and the composition.

I move forward without theory only on the basis of infatuations and because I have an urge to see the paintings hanging on wall, in the books, on the canvas, I never tire of taking in images (no doubt they are only images!). Is it the painting or rather the composition and the emotional dizziness, which it conceals that I feel which I swallow?

In the Monument Valley I compose.

Each component of the composition links me to a vision and to the particular instant of this vision. I compose the paintings like I write the sequels of my books: by diverting them, by turning them upside down and recomposing them until finding the correspondence between the thought and the “painting”.

In which it is question of journey.

This journey is precisely Monument Valley in which I bring the pictorial space nearer to the pop art of big American spaces, in which the graphical intentions of the American paintings of 50’s and 70’s incorporate this natural space, which hesitates between the earth and the sky. From it also flows this attachment to the perspectives, whether open or intimate, always majestic, that a textual or pictorial composition allows me to draw.

I do not differentiate between a sequel and a painting.

Reality and fiction get entwined, reality of the sentiments and fictional space which allows their exploration. The scores follow each other and reconstitute the emotions. “As far as the fascination is concerned, the ear has the music. The eye has the painting. The death has the past. Love has the naked body of the other. The literature has the individual language reduced to silence” wrote Pascal Quignard. The basic thing is to recommence. The compositions of Monument Valley bear the imprints of this ranting silence. One will never finish with writing.

This ambition of recommencing, putting together the pieces, reconstituting the past and the future, joining what remained separated; every thing is present in it. I follow this path whenever I write or compose so as not to resume a seemingly interrupted conversation on meeting again.”

JFrancois Chenin
Karachi, 16 February 2017

About:
JFrançois Chénin is the Director of Alliance Française de Karachi. Born in 1954, in Lorraine, he spent his childhood abroad (Iran, Turkey, Greece …), thanks to a father fond of traveling. He underwent his secondary education in Avignon and then studied philosophy at Grenoble and Economy of Education at Dijon. He currently lives in Karachi, Pakistan.

He spent time in two ministerial cabinets. He touched politics but he perceives his world rather through his heart. He abandoned politics. He made an escapade in the United States, stayed in Albuquerque (where it all began), then in Canada, Quebec (where everything began once again). He also served as mayor of a village of 500 inhabitants, Veyssilieu, a commune in the Isère department in southeastern France. He participated in the creation of the national network of equal opportunities for girls and boys in the French school system. He created the Research and Development department at the ONISEP and later led a company of pastry products.

He has lived abroad for 20 years at the service of French language and culture as Director of French Cultural Centre or Deputy Cultural Counsellor or General Delegate of Alliance Française (Israel, India, United States and Pakistan today). Since childhood, he has a taste for elsewhere.

He has three children and he loves to linger on the terrace of cafes. He likes gray, black and white, blue sky and silent deserts. He is also a writer.

Please contact the gallery at faraar@peaceniche.org or 021-35389033 for more information.

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Opening reception: Saturday, March 25 | 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 25 – April 1
Regular Gallery Hours: 12 noon – 10PM
Where: Faraar Gallery @ The Second Floor (T2F)

Weekday Qavvaali Mehfil with Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 | 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance featuring Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal, scions of Ustad Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi.

Protégés of Ustad Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi, Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal were trained by their father, Ustad Abdullah Niazi Qavvaal and their cousin, Subhan Ahmed Nizami Qavvaal. Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed’s grandfather was the recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz National Award by the Government of Pakistan in 2005. Born into an approximately eight centuries old tradition known as the “Qawwal Bache Delhi Gharana”, Waqas and Saad have inherited their family’s great sense of commitment to the art of Qavvali.

They have performed in international tours around the world with their father, including UAE, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia.

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When: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Entry: Rs. 250 

Workshop 3: Exploring the backyard: Our Solar System

Tuesday, 21st March 2017 | 7:00PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a new series of astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a short presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 3: Exploring the backyard: Our Solar System
Keeping track of the sky was vital for ascertaining the seasons before the invention of calendars and clocks. Different civilizations over the course of history have kept track of movements of celestial bodies and recorded several supernovae and comets, signifying their obsession with the heavens above.

In this workshop, an introduction will be provided into the science of astronomy. Participants will be given an overview of the sky, how to navigate with the help of stars in absence of a compass and other instruments, what’s out there to see in the sky, why the sky is divided into different constellations, finding your approximate location on earth and time by looking at the sky, and wonderful insights about the stars.

Speaker: Imran Rasheed is an IT manager at Karachi American School. He is the founding member of the Karachi Astronomers Society and is its incumbent President.

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When: Tuesday, 21st March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Entry: Rs. 300 (per workshop)
Note:
*There is no pre-registration for these workshops. Fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited.

Travelling Film South Asia 2017

Friday, 17th March – Sunday, 19th March 2017

Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival that was set up in 1997 with the goal of popularising the documentary so that it entertains, informs and changes lives. After each FSA festival, about a dozen films are selected to travel across the Subcontinent and the world as the Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA) package. This mobile campaign to promote and popularise Southasian documentaries stops at more than 50 international venues, and this year, will be hosted by T2F.

The TFSA are excited to announce the list of selected films for this year’s Film Southasia. Since the conception of Film Southasia, they have held a high standard for the film that they select, not only limited to technical skill but also through the stories that filmmakers have tried to portray. The selection this year showcases the diversity of stories across all Southasian countries and the TSFA hopes to keep this trend alive through the film screenings at the festival this year.

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Date: Friday, 17th March – Sunday, 19th March 2017
Entry: Rs. 250/day (All proceeds will be used to support T2F’s stream of programs)

Weekday Qavvaali Mehfil with Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal

Wednesday, 15th March 2017 | 8:00PM – 9:30PM

Join us at T2F for a classical qavvaali performance featuring Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal, scions of Ustad Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi.

Protégés of Ustad Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi, Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed Qavvaal were trained by their father, Ustad Abdullah Niazi Qavvaal and their cousin, Subhan Ahmed Nizami Qavvaal. Waqas Ahmed and Saad Ahmed’s grandfather was the recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz National Award in 2005. Born into an approximately eight centuries old tradition known as the “Qawwal Bache Delhi Gharana”, Waqas and Saad have inherited their family’s great sense of commitment to the art of Qavvaali.

They have performed in international tours around the world with their father, including UAE, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia.

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Date: Wednesday, 15th March, 2017
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Entry: 250 (All proceed will be used to sustained T2F’s stream of programs)

Workshop 2: Astronomy 101

Tuesday, 14th March 2017 | 7:00PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a new series of astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a short presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

Workshop 2: Astronomy 101

Keeping track of the sky was vital for ascertaining the seasons before the invention of calendars and clocks. Different civilizations over the course of history have kept track of movements of celestial bodies and recorded several supernovae and comets, signifying their obsession with the heavens above.

In this workshop, an introduction will be provided into the science of astronomy. Participants will be given an overview of the sky, how to navigate with the help of stars in absence of compass and other instruments, what’s out there to see in the sky, why the sky is divided into different constellations, finding your approximate location on earth and time by looking at the sky, and all you want to know about the stars.

Speaker: Imran Rasheed is an IT manager at Karachi American School. He is the founding member of the Karachi Astronomers Society and is its incumbent President.

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When: Tuesday, 14th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs. 300 (per workshop)

Note:
*There is no pre-registration for these workshops. Fee is per workshop on first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited.

 

The New T2F Bookstore Launch!

Saturday, 11th March – Sunday, 12th March 2017

There’s a new bookstore in town!

From the dingy lanes of Boat Basin to the alleyways of Phase II, we’re bringing the aficionados of the art of book curation, Mr Old. Books, to facilitate us in putting up an expansive collection of brand new books at affordable rates.

Literary fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, biography, science fiction, graphic novel, history, drama, prose, plays, poetry, the love-joys of Urdu literature, vernacular literature (Punjabi, Sindhi, Persian), translations (from world literature into Urdu!), literary criticism, memoir, philosophy… we have something for everyone!

The program will include a panel talk with the book curators, the Siddique Brothers; an evening of the Book Bazaar; and alas, the much anticipated return of the Nakaam Aashiq Open Mic, brought to you by the notorious Nakaam Ishq Society!

On the second day of the launch, we will be reviving the Mushaerah culture in the city with Urdu’s boldest, newest voices in an evening of poetry curated by Neel Ahmed.

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Complete Schedule as follows:

T2F Bookstore Launch
Saturday, 11th March | 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Ongoing Evening Book Bazaar!
Saturday, 11th March (6:00 PM onwards)

The Nakaam Ishq Society is Nakaam No More!
Returning with the Nakaam Aashiq Open Mic.
Saturday, 11th March | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

‘Urdu ki Nayee Avazain’ | A Mushaerah of Emerging Urdu Poets
Sunday, 12th March | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Entry: Free (Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously).

 

 

Workshop 1: All you want to know about the Moon!

Tuesday, 7th March 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Karachi Astronomers Society and The Second Floor (T2F) present a new series of astronomy workshops being conducted under “Science Ka Adda”, a PeaceNiche initiative.

Each workshop will entail a short presentation followed by a Q/A session and will end with telescopic observations, provided the sky is clear.

We hope that through these workshops, science enthusiasts can come together and learn from our team of amateur astronomers who have dedicatedly given their time to broaden interest in Practical Astronomy – a subject that is rarely explored in depth within the parameters of our formal education system.

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Ever wondered why the moon looks like the way it does? Or what causes the change in its phases over the period of every month? You must have heard that sea waves are higher on the 14th of each lunar month. Ever pondered the reason behind it?

This workshop will aim to answer all of these questions and many more!

Although Moon is our closest neighbor in space, not much thought is given to its genesis, interesting features of its surface, robotic and manned exploration missions (Yes … Moon landing did happen and we’re going to talk about it!), phases of the Moon, and sighting of the crescent Moon for start of Islamic months.

Speaker: Abubaker Shekhani is a founding member of the Karachi Astronomers Society. He is a software developer by profession and amateur Astronomer and Astrophotographer. He started an astronomy club in his university, and then ultimately became part of the group that founded the KAS.

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When: Tuesday, 7th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Rs. 300

Double Bill: Milan

Saturday, 4th March – Sunday 5th March  2017 | 7:00PM

Milan is a Double Bill featuring ‘Amicable Parting’ written by George Kaufman and Leueen Mac Grath and ‘The Great War’ written by Neil LaBute.

Synopsis:
Amicable Parting written by George Simon Kaufman and Leueen Mac Grath is about an attractive young couple who has quarreled and is planning to separate. They’re in the process of dividing all their possessions, and quarreling considerably more in doing so—everything at all desirable they both claim—all the junk each generously offers to the other.

The Great War written by Neil Labute is a One Act play which looks at a divorcing couple and the ground they need to cross to reach their own end of hostilities.

Directed by: Uzma Sabeen

Cast:
Paras Masroor
Kulsoom Aftab
Lighting by Uzma Sabeen
Sound by Fraz Chottani
Duration: One Hour
Language: Urdu

About:
Uzma Sabeen
After completing her Masters in English Literature, Uzma is currently working at NAPA. She has worked as a lighting designer and has directed plays for the academy and commercially as well. She has received Pakistan Media Award 2013 in Best Theatre Category. She has done certification in lighting design and pre-visualization from SILV, USA and earned a ‘Seal of Qualification’ from the same Institute.

Paras Masroor
Paras Masroor is a theatre artist and journalist. He is working zealously in the field of acting, hosting and journalism. He is popular for hosting the well-known Crime Show “Shabbir tu Dekhay Ga” and now for his character ‘Torah Kahn’ in ‘Sang e Mar Mar’ on HUM TV. He has also worked in Pakistani Films such as ‘Mah-e-Mir’ and ‘Namaloom Afrad’.

Kulsoom Aftab
Kulsoom Aftab is working as a Faculty member with NAPA. She debuted as a writer with SADAK, directed by Mehreen Jabbar. She also wrote UK High Commisson’s Film & Award Winning documentary ‘Our Jacob’. Kulsoom Aftab did a theatrical adaptation of ‘Six Characters in search of an Author’, ‘Koel’, and translated an acting book ‘An Actor’s Prepare’. She also directed two theatre plays ‘Koel’ in 2012 and ‘Bijli, Pyar aur Abba Jaan’ in 2016. She has recently acted in ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ as the leading lady.

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When: Saturday, 4th March – Sunday 5th March 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM
Entry: Rs. 400

Film Screening: ‘Yours’ – A New Life in the Mountains

Sunday, 26th February 2017 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM

In a unique turn of events, a London based banker has made the Pakistani Highlands his new abode. Here, he has rediscovered a new set of goals, priorities and perspectives in life. He shares these experiences with his Pakistani friend and colleague, back in London, who is indulged in his own immediate set of worries of making a living.

‘Yours’ is a film essay, inspired by the works of Chris Marker in films like ‘Sans Soleil.’ It is a composition of thoughts, sounds and scenes filmed in Kalash, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit and Nanga Parbat.

The film offers a contemplation on aspects of life in the highlands that are alien to life in the city and highlights how these aspects provide an opportunity to develop character traits that are key to our personal development as human beings.

Written and filmed by: Danial Riaz
Script review and narration by: Chris Thomas

About the film makers:
Danial is a keen traveler and an independent filmmaker, with a particular focus towards developing educational content in Pakistani media. After his initial education in Philosophy at the LSE, where he served as the president of the university’s media channel, Danial has collaborated on projects with Channel 4, VICE NEWS, Islam Channel and SOC Films. In 2015 he produced ‘Double Hai: Story of the London Bus’ and initiated two platforms ‘Ujala’ and ‘The Curious Karachiites’ to encourage the production and promotion of educational content in Pakitan.

Chris has an art for telling stories and playing Samba music on his Spanish guitar. Though originally from Brazil, Chris has embraced Pakistan as his new home since the last seven years. He currently works for Family Education Service Foundation (FESF) with the aim to enhance the quality of life of all members of the society, especially the disadvantaged.

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When: Sunday, 26th February 2017
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Rs. 100