‘Karachi Art Summit takes inspiration from Dhaka Art Summit’

According to Zainab Jafri, it is a public event with free entry


Saadia Qamar March 23, 2017
Karachi Art Summit is the brainchild of Zainab Jafri, an art enthusiast who has pledged to bring art and art performances to the public sphere. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Karachi Art Summit takes inspiration from Dhaka Art Summit, Zainab Jafri told The Express Tribune at the summit’s inaugural event at National Museum of Pakistan on Tuesday.

People had thronged the event to see Amin Gulgee's performance, titled 'Play Me', with Sara Pagganwala.

Karachi Art Summit is the brainchild of Zainab Jafri, an art enthusiast who has pledged to bring art and art performances to the public sphere.

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“This is a public event with free entry,” she told The Express Tribune. “In the summit itself, we plan to open site-specific installations and let the [public] get a feel of the arts. Art is an expression that needs to be pursued on a positive note. Through the Karachi Art Summit, we plan to engage common people and make it completely interactive and open for all."

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The opening performance by Gulgee was an eye-opener to confrontations that can happen in one’s life. It was interactive for the crowd, who were eager to engage with the artistic performance.

The summit promises to showcase various site-specific installations for a couple of more days at various other art-specific avenues.

"As of today, art cannot be high-end neither elitist,” said Jafri. “We need to have enough understanding of that."

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