In a pioneering collaboration, KBT and Sindh Culture Department orchestrated an illuminating PechaKucha workshop, nurturing emerging artists of Sindh
In a pioneering collaboration, KBT and Sindh Culture Department orchestrated an illuminating PechaKucha workshop, nurturing emerging artists of Sindh.
In a vibrant fusion of artistic fervor and insightful communication, Karachi Biennale Trust (KBT) joined hands with the Sindh Culture Department, Government of Sindh, to orchestrate a groundbreaking PechaKucha workshop. This transformative event, which took place on August 26, 2023, marked an important milestone as the first of its kind, igniting the creative spirits of emerging artists hailing from all corners of Sindh.
The sun-dappled Mehran Arts Council in Hyderabad served as the dynamic backdrop for this full-day workshop. A symphony of youthful passion echoed through its halls as artists under the age of 30, hailing from Hyderabad, Sukkur, Jamshoro, Naushero Feroz, Khairpur, and Karachi, congregated to embrace the power of effective communication in their artistic journeys.
But the energy didn’t stop there. The horizon of participants broadened to encompass the promising minds of tomorrow. Senior students from the Institute of Art & Design, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, as well as the determined thesis students from the Shaheed Allah Buksh Soomro University of Art, Design and Heritage, Jamshoro (SABSU), found themselves privileged to partake in this transformative event.
KBT orchestrated this workshop as a nurturing cradle for 38 budding artists, offering them a compass to navigate the vital connection between art and impactful communication. The seasoned voices of art luminaries guided them, steering their course toward future triumphs. The essence of networking and the spirit of collaboration were woven into the very fabric of the event, fostering a sense of unity among the participants.
The heart of the workshop resonated with the essence of PechaKucha – a concise and dynamic communication system conceived in Japan, tailored to the demands of our competitive age. As the workshop unfolded, the participants delved into the art of articulating their creative practices through this captivating format.
In a captivating introductory session, Almas Bana, the Chairperson of KBT, unveiled the mandate of Karachi Biennale, Pakistan’s beacon of contemporary art. She highlighted the platform’s unwavering commitment to nurturing young talents, echoing its reputation as the largest international art hub in the nation.
The baton of knowledge was then passed to Niilofur Farrukh, a revered art critic, author, and the Managing Trustee of KBT. With insightful eloquence, she illuminated the significance of communication, unveiling the tools that shape narratives around art practice and cultural contexts.
The grand crescendo arrived with a lineup of art educators, including Romilla Kareem, Raheela Abro, Abdul Malik Channa, and Saira Danish Ahmed. In this enlightening finale, these mentors meticulously mentored the artists on the art of adaptation – how to seamlessly transform their images and stories into the enchanting realm of PechaKucha.
As the workshop’s final brushstrokes were added, the promise of September loomed on the horizon. It is then that the participants shall venture to Karachi, armed with their newfound skills, to unveil their PechaKucha presentations before a discerning jury. Their compelling stories will vie for the illustrious KB PechaKucha Prize – a testament to their journey of evolution and growth.
In a fitting tribute to the workshop’s significance, Sher Muhammad Mahar, the Director of Sindh Museum Hyderabad, and Saleem Solangi, the Deputy Director of Culture, graced the event. They extended heartfelt acknowledgments to the mentors, offering their endorsement on behalf of the Sindh Culture Department.
What emerged as a singular workshop is now set to cascade into an enduring partnership. Karachi Biennale Trust and the Sindh Culture Department share a common aspiration: to nurture the aspirations of young artists in Sindh. United by this shared vision, they now stand as collaborating partners, poised to embark on a journey of art-centric endeavors that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the artistic landscape of Sind
The credit of organizing such a transformative event goes to the Karachi Biennale Trust and its steadfast trustee, Niilofur Farrukh. Their unwavering commitment to the arts, their sweat and toil, have paved a path of enlightenment for the aspiring artists of Sindh. In their dedication, they stand as beacons of inspiration, guardians of creative voices, and architects of a more vibrant artistic future.