TRACES OF MEMORY
Traces of Memory is a culminating exhibition of first artist in residence program project 12.0. The residency aimed to address the notion of class identity, immigration and relation between the center and its peripheries. It intended to examine the role of class identity and subalternity in relation to urban cities and it’s politics. The exhibition covers works of three Resident artists, Behzad Khosravi Noori- writer, researcher and photographer from Stockholm, Farrukh Adnan- a visual artist from Lahore, Hussain Khalid-an architect from Karachi and a guest artist Aasim Akhtar- art critic, artist and photographer, from Islamabad.
BEHZAD KHOSRAVI NOORI
Rooh Kich-The Soul Catcher
The urban photography historically bonded to the history of itinerant photography and photographer. Since 19th century when the notion and the development of Camera technology began, there have been attempts to mobilize the technology and publicizing the production of Imagery.
The itinerant photography by itinerant act, which was embedded in the methodology of their image production, played significant role to document the urban life and
became a source of representation of marginal life and lower class identity.
The project attempts by mapping out the relational history of itinerant photography in Iran and Pakistan, Tehran and Islamabad, to investigate the similar technology of the camera used in itinerant photography and the history of it in the larger geography of the Global South. By presenting the material history from working class neighborhood in south west of Tehran as a point of departure, this art-based research attempts to examine the historical entanglement between the neighbor countries in relation to image, technology of image production and unconscious colonial memory.
The project attempts by using the same specific DIY camera used in the beginning of modernization of urban and significantly operated for citizenship and national identity documents, re-narrate the entanglements between Iran and Pakistan, Tehran and Islamabad.
Void in Between
Revealing aspects of history have a profound impact on our contemporary culture today. This leads us to relate how we interpret a space within its context and how context itself builds sometimes out of the “syntax”.
“Void in between” is an investigation of new development happening in the outskirts of the twin cities, proposed and realized during an art residency at 12.0 contemporary. The project examines the architectural features like facade treatment, roofs, projections, columns, portals etc. of these gated societies and their relation with the immediate and larger context. This juxtaposition is depicted in artwork through floating architectural elements completely disintegrated from the surroundings. Medium for the artworks are ink, pen and watercolors on paper.
Dear Paa ji, Yours & Mine- A letter written from Rawalpindi
The work “yours and mine” was undertaken during an art residency at 12.0 Contemporary. The work is an investigation of Urban Fabric of old city in Rawalpindi and memories associated with it. The project is brought to realization by analyzing the rich fabric of old city with remnants of pre-Partition architecture embedded in it, further driven by finding collective meanings through personal memories.
Remain of the Day
The old city within the larger sprawl of Rawalpindi has become a reckless settlement bursting at the seams. It is a city within a city, of perennial births and eternal deaths. Its sewers smell like a rotting carcass, and negotiating the traffic here is like riding a brahmin bull. Its neo-gothic facades now shy behind grotesque plazas that desecrate its horizon. Whether for the rotting sewers or open-air stinking urinals, for the brittle shell of Kashmiri thoroughbreds or the self-indulgence of the East Punjab and UP immigrants, for the bloated belly or the proverbial begging bowl, Rawalpindi shows up in its frailty and strength in an orchestrated context today. Here are inspired vignettes and epics – the remains of the Hindu and Sikh days – anecdotal and allegorical, profound and profane, tough and poignant.
The exhibition will remain open till 30 December 2019.