Karachi Biennale 2017 opens for public engagement

Staff Reporter

The opening of the public programme of the Karachi Biennale is marked by a series of art installations at 12 venues across the city, a series of discussion sessions and a performable art installation with music and light by artist Jamal Shah before the public at the Frere Hall here.
A discursive session with Artist Meher Afroz, Pride of Performance recipient and prolific printmaker and painter, Savita Apte, a scholar and art historian, and Saquib Hanif, media person and author, was held on the first day of the two-week long Biennale, said a statement on Monday.
Meher Afroz is a participating artist in the Biennale and her work on the Biennale theme “Witness” is displayed here at the NJV high School.
Savita Apte is visiting as a panelist for the Biennale and also participated as member of the jury for the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation Juried Art Prize.
The panel discussion touched on Meher’s roots in Lucknow, the duties of an artist and how deeply entrenched the Urdu language is in her work, which is known for a very eastern sensibility.
An educational programme for children aimed at strengthening the link between art and children in a city was also launched.
Over 250 students of above eight years of age from four educational intuitions visited the exhibits and participate in the discussion session on art at the venue.

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