karachi: right to the city

shahana rajani is an ma candidate in the critical and curatorial studies program at the university of british columbia, and the editor of right to the city - travel guide to karachi, a new book which explores the experience of living in karachipakistan's biggest city, and the production, representation and contestation of its spaces. six pakistani artists – bani abidi, manizhe ali, sara khan, seher naveed, shayan rajani and roohi ahmed – through their works and text, claim the right to represent their city at a time when the growing consolidation of the media is producing a blindness that renders realities opaque and remote. while media reportage on the endless violence and conflict are transforming representations of the city into a dangerous battleground, this book appropriates the popular medium of a travel guide to give visibility and access to alternative versions of karachi that are otherwise continually silenced or overlooked. bringing forth conflicting images that resist fixed representations and illusory stereotypes, the project critically questions the dominant narratives – both global and local – that have come to represent most people's perception of karachi. a meeting with the editor and some of the artists is held at t2f on sun - dec 8 [6pm] where they'll chat and answer questions about this interesting editorial project. location: 10c sunset lane 5, phase 2 extension [d.h.a.].

photo: skyline of karachi