It’s another busy week in Karachi with the first of the Spring Pret exhibitions, live theatre and several hands-on workshops .. in photography, pottery and kitchen gardening. With the weather warm but not unbearably hot just yet, it’s a great time to be out and about. Happy weekending people!
Shamaeel Ansari’s Spring’18 Pret collection
Shamaeel Ansari launches her Spring’18 ready-to-wear pret collection with an exhibition that runs from the 16th to the 23rd of February at House of Shamaeel!
Date: 16th February till 23rd February 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m
Venue: House of Shamaael, D-66/1, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi.
A Cotton Affair at Ensemble Pakistan
Give your wardrobe a Spring update with Ensemble’s cotton-centric pop-up featuring a host of trendy designers
Date: Saturday 17th February 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Venue: House of Ensemble, E-Street, Karachi
Mina Siddique and Kearo Exhibition
Mina Siddique and Kearo team up for a Spring Capsule collection. Kearo curates gorgeous contemporary designer home accents from around the world and Mina Siddique’s original handpainted canvases are turned into home accents and statement clothing.
Date: Saturday 17th February 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Venue: Kearo, 6C Bukhari Commercial Lane 1, Phase 6, DHA
Film Screening: Sundance Award-Winning ‘Unrest’
For guests who were not able to enjoy the full film at our last event due to technical difficulties, we can assure that in this session we will screen the full film. The event will also be followed by a Q&A with Director, Jennifer Brea and a local panel of patients and activists featuring Fatima Asad (Health Coach), Fatima Hashmi (Activist) and activist Nevra Elis representing the global advocacy group #MEAction Network.
[[About the film]]
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. At its core, Unrest is a love story. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure. Their struggle to forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny.
To learn more about the film, go to: https://www.unrest.film/
To learn more about ME, go to:
Unrest world-premiered January in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award), the New Zealand International Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. It also has a companion VR piece which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.
Date: Friday, 16th February 2018
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, donations appreciated
Hua Kuch Yoon Play at The Arts Council
Hua Kuch Yoon is a satirical prelude to Sarhay 14 August Say Pehlay
The play is a fictitious account of two love stories, present day and past, depicting the trials & tribulations of lovers caught up in the revolutionary web, between Pakistan and India. With a humorous angle, it looks at how the lives of people can sometimes be effected by two warring countries.
Mishal & Yasin find themselves dead but alive, after a fatal accident, in a strange place where all is possible, barring a few things. After discovering that they must marry to be together, they decide to tie the knot. However, two strange men, Bunta & Janta, advise them to not to get married. “Why?!”, the lovers protest. In response, they are narrated the story of Qurat-ul-Ain & Raja Mahmood, two victims of Jallianwala Bagh, who survived, & their tragic love story. The play chronicles the events of partition & history, merging them in a wonderful journey of nostalgia that is bound to get tears into the eye.
Date: 15th February till 15th March 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: The Arts Council Karachi, M.R. Kiyani Road, Karachi
2 day intensive photography workshop – (TDF Ghar) Karachi
This is a basic to advanced level workshop where you will be working at your own pace under Rehan’s instructions. This will not only help give you a firm understanding of art, craft and science of photography but also help fill any gaps more seasoned photographers may have in their knowledge and workflow. We will be exploring everything from camera acquisition and lighting through to post-production techniques employed by Rehan. We will be looking at landscape, beauty, fashion and portrait photography genres. Starting with photography theory, camera functions, lighting theory, health and safety, and, studio protocol and quickly move on to the practical studio lighting setups. You will be working in small groups of 4-5 people that will alternate between the different setups in order to maximize your exposure across different types of lighting and looks and allow you in-depth hands on practice.
Date: 16th February and 17th February
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: TDF Ghar, M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi
Make It at the Library: Kitchen Gardening with Tofiq Pasha
Join us at the Karachi Library and learn how to make your own kitchen garden brimming with nutritious vegetables and herbs! We’re bringing you a workshop by renowned horticulturist, Tofiq Pasha, to help you take fresh and healthy ingredients to your table – straight from your garden.
Participants will learn about and engage in everything from sowing techniques to preparing soil and planting seedlings in limited spaces at home. So come on over to the library and spend your Friday evening getting your hands dirty with other like-minded folks and discover the joy of a whole new lifestyle.
About Tofiq Pasha:
Tofiq Pasha has 30 years of experience in horticulture, floriculture and landscaping, with a special interest in the development of food and protection of the environment.
This workshop is recommended for ages 11 and above.
Registration Fee (payable at the door): PKR 500 for non-members and PKR 300 for members.
To register, please email [email protected] with your name, the name and age of your children who will be attending, and your CNIC, Passport or Library Membership number.
Date: 16th February
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Venue: British Council, near Park Towers Clifton.
Art Exhibition: Above Us Only Sky by Komal Shahid Khan
Almost every time, I see my new work as a development of earlier themes into more expansive portrayal both in terms of dimension and imagery. Lately, I have been struggling to find answers to self-created questions, questions that keep re-drawing themselves with every passing day and our ‘reason of existence’ keeps calling out with its unfolding meaning in time. However, I feel that this riddle might not be solved in isolation. I share it with you …. We go to Heaven or Hell tomorrow, why not today? If you lived in present why is the presence of inhumanities and exploitation not haunting you? Are you immune to the manipulation that resulted in ‘dictated or desirable’ roles and actions centered on conceptions of feminism and masculinity?
“Look Above…again, I’m still here”, Sky. Komal Shahid Khan
Opening Reception: Thursday 15th February 2018 at 5 pm
On view till: 2nd March 2018
Venue: Full Circle Gallery, D-53/1 Block 4 Clifton Karachi
Music Classes with Ahmer Amir at TDF Ghar
A chance to learn musical instruments with Ahmer Amir
About the teacher:
Ahmer Amir belongs to the Baray Amanat Ali Khan Sahab’s gharana. He has graduated from Arts Council Karachi in Musicology, & currently teaches musical instruments & vocals at CAPA (academy of performing arts).
Over the span of three months, the students will be able to learn how to play the guitar, keyboards, & harmonium. They will also get training in vocals.
(Deadline for registration-15th February, 2018)
Limited spots available. Registration on first come first serve basis.
Course Duration: 3 months
Starting from 18th February, 2018
Every Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Course Venue: TDF Ghar
Course Fee: 1500 per month
(Students have to bring their own instruments)
Obvara Hand-building Ceramic Workshop with Nabahat Lotia
Introduction and presentation of ceramic processes. Participants will create a range of hand-built ceramic pieces with the help of the instructor. All pieces will be bisqued before the final firing. Participants will take home their final work after firing.
Rs. 15,000 (includes materials)
Clay, tools, firings and access to kiln.
For application form, please contact [email protected]
About The Instructor
Working with local potters of Punjab and Sindh for over 25 years, Nabahat Lotia has attended several residency programs and workshops. She has taught and held exhibitions in Pakistan, Bali, Toronto, New York, Turkey and Sri Lanka,
Nabahat Lotia re-introduces an alternate firing method, practiced for centuries around the globe.
Date: 21st February, 22nd February, 23rd February and 26th February
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: Koel Art Gallery, Karachi
Book Reading: Lynette Viccaji’s “Made in Pakistan”
Join us on Wednesday, 21st February @ Pi & Co.- Pakistan’s first coworking cafe // community space for the book reading session of #MadeinPakistan’, a memoir by one of Pakistan’s finest teachers, #LynetteViccaji.
Described as “a wonderfully vibrant, witty and moving memoir by an Anglo-Indian Pakistani Christian who has lived life to the fullest”, the ‘Made in Pakistan’ book reading session will begin with an open discussion moderated by Ruquia Hammad followed by a Q/A Session.
The Book will also be available for Sale and signed by Ms Viccaji
Date: Wednesday, 21st February 2018
Place: Pi & Co. (former Pi Social) F-79, 3rd Avenue, Block 5, Karachi, Pakistan-75600