Benigna Chilla: Artist Talk and Paper-Relief Workshop

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Join us on Thursday, 8th February at Faraar Gallery for a talk and paper-relief workshop by German artist, Benigna Chilla.

Paper-relief is a simple, DIY means of printing using every day tools. Inspired by ancient, geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles, and nature, Benigna Chilla breaks them down into their most basic forms, isolates sections, analyzes how all the pieces fit together, plays with color and then finally recreates the original inspiration as a completely new design. Benigna Chilla presents her work to the viewer as an optical illusion through the layering of see-through surfaces.

Benigna Chilla:
Benigna Chilla began her art training in her native Germany at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. She moved to the USA in 1969, where she completed her graduate studies and then taught as Professor of Visual Arts until her retirement in 2011. She now teaches workshops to non-traditional art students in South Asia each winter. Benigna continues to produce work in her home studio and has had over forty solo exhibitions in the USA and internationally.
http://www.benignachilla.com/

Date: Thursday, 8th February 2018
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Registration: 20 seats available. To register for the workshop, please find the form on www.vaslart.org/opportunities or email at vaslresidency@gmail.com for further inquiries

Thinking Films: Disney and Beyond

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Join us on Wednesday, 7th February 2018 for the final instalment of T2F’s Thinking Films Disney series! In our first edition of Disney Thinking Films, we took you on a journey through the evolution of animation through a series of short films about Walt Disney’s early and remarkable studio works. In second session, we took a deeper dive into Walt Disney’s groundbreaking work in the world of animation we know and love today. In the final instalment this Wednesday, will be screening a series of animations that showcase Disney’s cutting-edge innovation that inspired big name animation studios of the 21st century.

We’ll 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, 7th February 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, The Second Floor (T2F)
Entry: Free, donations appreciated!

Raonaqé Shaaéri: Irfan Sattar, Rasheed Nadeem & Uzma Mahmood

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Join us on Tuesday 6th February for Raonaqé Shaaéri, an evening of poetry by visiting poets Irfan Sattar, Rasheed Nadeem & Uzma Mahmood.

Irfan Sattar
Karachi native, Irfan Sattar is considered one of the leading exponents of Urdu Ghazal in modern times. His first collection of poetry is titled “takrar-e-sa’at”. the second collection, “sa’at-e-imkaaN” was published in 2016. His latest book, titled “yeh ishq hai” was published in Lahore in 2017, and is a selection of poems from the first two books. Irfan’s diction is deeply embedded in the classical tradition of Urdu ghazal, and yet his ideas and subjects are modern. Irfan Sattar also hosts a popular TV show “Hum-sukhan” with TAG TV Canada, in which he interviews literary figures.

Uzma Mahmood
An emerging poet with substance; Uzma Mahmood has made her mark during recent years through her distinct style and originality. Equally comfortable with Urdu and Punjabi languages, she is considered to be a poet of great talent. Her first compilation of Urdu ghazals titled “makaaN sey la-makaaN tak” is being published in early February this year.

Rasheed Nadeem
Rasheed Nadeem is a poet with a classical touch and modern sensibility. His subjects vary from satirical comments on religious and moral beliefs to the plight of common men. He has equal prowess in Urdu and Punjabi languages.

Date: Tuesday, 6th February 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free. Donations are welcome as we do things best with what you give us!

Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!

Dance Mandala with Alizeh Valjee!
A one-day, walk-in workshop

About the workshop:
Dance Mandala is a method of moving meditation that encourages authentic self-expression, cultivating bliss, and stillness. Through free-form movement, music, and gentle guided instruction, participants are exposed to motion that confronts the rigidity and tension of their own bodies.

About the instructor:
Alizeh Valjee holds a BA. in Psychology & Religion from Mount Holyoke College; an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD, UK; and is a certified freeform movement meditation facilitator. Valjee is the co-founder of CareForHealth and Taskeen, the Karachi-based mental and emotional health initiatives, teaches yoga and meditation classes at AQ Fitness, and also runs her own private practice as a therapist.

When: Monday, 5th February 2018
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Entry: Free! (donations appreciated)

**We only have capacity for 30 participants, so please sign up at the door from 6:30pm. First come, first served.**

First Fridays Open Mic: February Edition

Join us at Faraar Gallery, T2F on the first Friday of February 2018 for an open mic night featuring Karachi’s emerging talent!

T2F’s First Fridays Open Mic is a platform for musicians, poets, and comedians to perform, improvise and experiment in an informal setting.

Performers do not need to pre-register. Just show up with your voice, instruments, props or whatever else you may need to get perform. Look for our host who will put your name down on the list – spaces are limited, so first come, first served!

All performers get maximum 10 minutes stage time.

Date: Friday, February 2nd 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Entry: Free, donations much appreciated!

Drum Circle!

Is Karachi’s frenzy affecting you? Do you feel exhausted?

Join us for an evening of Drum Circle with Ibadullah Shaikh!

The exercise of communal drumming is an age old practice of therapy. The physical, emotional, mental, and social healing of the exercise is best experienced than read about. Community, drums, music, movement; need more be said?

Date: Friday, 26th January 2018
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Entry: Make a Rs. 50 donation to support our artistic endeavours

Film Screening: When Football Banned Women

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After the first world war, women’s football drew large crowds before the sport was banned by the Football Association. In 1921, in an act of spitefulness, women were banned from playing football on the FA’s grounds. The game wasn’t suited to women, they said. And there was concern that not all the money raised from the massive gates was going to charity. After all, how dare women get paid for playing football?

In an effort to learn more about sport that lies at the root of Karachi United’s mission, join us to watch Clare Balding’s documentary on the lost history of the game. The effects of the ban are still felt today, even among Pakistan’s football industry, and they provide necessary insight about the power of sport.

Date: Thursday, 25th January 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Urban Hues: A Watercolor Exhibit by Rauf Musani

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Inspired by the landscape of Dhaka, urban cityscapes and old buildings of Karachi, Dr Rauf Musani – who grew up in both cities – did not begin his journey in life as an artist despite his childhood passion for drawing, sketching and painting. Persuaded by his parents to study medicine, his pursuit of art took a backseat as he went on to graduate from DOW in 1983 and trained Ireland as an anaesthetist for many years.

Finally ready to reignite his childhood dreams, over the last ten years, Dr Rauf Musani has started to pursue his true passion for art – particularly in watercolor paintings. His present work, a collection of 16 paintings in watercolours, depicts his travels to countries like France, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland and Portugal through the vibrant hues of the landscapes that inspired his art from the very beginning. Through the careful mixture of colourful pigments, Dr Rauf Musani depicts the alluring imagery of landscapes across the world. From subtleties in light and dark and Spring and Summer, each painting shares a different perspective of how the glorious hues of the landscape can transport us from city to city.

Proceeds from Urban Hues: A Watercolor Exhibit by Rauf Musani will support various charitable organisations.

[Opening ceremony]
Date: Monday, 22nd January 2018
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

[Exhibition]
Date: Monday 22nd January 2018 – Thursday, 25th January 2018
Time: noon-10pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

Book Launch & Exhibition: Main Aur Tum

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Join us at 7pm on Thursday, 1st February at Faraar Gallery, T2F for the launch of Main Aur Tum, a book by Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee.
Main Aur Tum lets you show your loved one what a perfect match the two of you are, just like chai aur cheeni, ramzan aur pakoray, dhol aur bhangra and countless other pairs that are incomplete without each other. Filled with charming illustrations, the book uses local imagery to remind the world of all the things that make Pakistan special. Ruqayya Diwan Adamjee is best known as the author and illustrator of the book Choti Choti Khushiyan. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and graduated with a Bsc. in Economics from Duke University in 2013.
The evening will begin with a Q&A, with Ruqayya in conversation with Khalid Malik. The book will be available for sale at the event; there will also be an exhibition of limited edition framed prints from Main Aur Tum for sale, at Faraar Gallery T2F, from 1st February 2018 to 14th February 2018.
Date: Thursday, 1st February 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated

T2F at French Bazaar 2018

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Join us at the T2F stall at French Bazaar this Sunday at Alliance Francaise!

We will be selling array of local crafts and goodies.
You can expect…
– Live painted Truck Art
– Handcrafted candles & notebooks
– Genuine local block printed scarves
& much, much more!

Support us in providing for our community, nourishing creativity, celebrating culture and encouraging curiosity.
Support T2F at French Bazaar 2018!

Date: Sunday, 21st January 2018
Time: 4:00-8:00pm
Place: Alliance Francaise
Entry: Rs300 (tickets available on the day of the event)