22 October – 5 November 2017
Narayan Jagannath Vaidya (NJV) High School
KARACHI: The opening ceremony of Karachi Biennale 2017 (KB17) took place on Saturday at the historical 160-year old Narayan Jagannath Vaidya (NJV) High School, the main venue of KB17. The biennale will be open to the public from October 22 to November 5.
Senior art critic Marjorie Hussain chaired the inaugural session with galaxy of artists, professionals, civil society and businessmen of the city attending the inaugural ceremony.
The inauguration ceremony, with participation from 1,000 members of public from different walks of life, featured a session with visiting artists, a discussion on public art and addresses by chief curator and KB17 CEO.
The Karachi Biennale will feature two prizes which acknowledge the most evocative exhibits in KB17: the KB17 Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation Juried Prize and the KB17 Shahneela and Farhan Faruqui Popular Choice Art Prize. The prizes would reflect the Karachi Biennale Trust’s sustained commitment to recognising the effort and impact of participating artists’ work as it engages with conversations around art, cities, and the act of witnessing. The trophies had been designed to capture the spirit of Karachi and interpret the thematic witness.
Over 140 artists would showcase their work at the biennale which would be open to public at 12 venues all across the city, with five on MA Jinnah Road. The artists have come from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Far East, and various parts of Pakistan. The works of internationally renowned artists like Yoko Ono, Shahzia Sikander, Richard Humann, Michelangelo Pistoletto, ORLAN, Bani Abedi, Meher Afroz, Miro Craemer, Bankleer, and Ruby Chishti, among others, would be on display for a large audience.
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Image: Shahzia Sikander, Disruption as Rapture, 2016. HD video animation with 7.1 surround sound. Music by Du Yun featuring Ali Sethi. Courtesy of the artist and Philadelphia Museum of Art.