press release :
Faysal Bank in collaboration with Tourism and Culture Department, Govt. of Sindh has announced the dates for Karachi Art Summit, to be held from 21st March till 8th April in Karachi. The inaugural brunch for the summit was held on 5th March 2017 at Flemish Restaurant by founder of the Karachi Art Summit, Ms Zainab Jafri, for which PR and Media was handled by Take-II. The opening ceremony will be held at National Museum on 21st March featuring artisans and performers across country.
The main aim of the Karachi Art Summit is to bring visual art into public spaces to invite, encourage, and even impose public engagement on the audience. Projects will be created to interact with the viewers to create a stage that is autonomous and reachable.
While talking to the media, President Faysal Bank, Mr. Nauman Ansari stated,
“Karachi Art Summit is one of its kind event, just as the Karachi & Lahore Eat Festival. Faysal Bank takes pride in taking the lead in bringing such events to our people. Showcasing art and being able to express with it in front of a larger audience is something new to the people of Karachi which is why, this event will demonstrate expertise of renowned artists to the general public.”
He further added,
“This Summit is sure to create a lot of opportunities for the young artists who will be able to engage with the arts community as well as a platform for the aesthetes who are truly involved with the arts to connect with the artists.”
In Karachi Art Summit, besides various site-specific installations and sculptures, there are two curatorial projects, more than 80 artists including 34 international artists, three talks and five performances. Artists from other countries are also participating with their curatorial projects. Few artists are travelling from Lahore as well as Hyderabad in order to install their work on the sites. All the sites are outdoors and will encourage public to interact and experience contemporary art. Our sites include National Museum, Art Council, Kothari Parade, State Bank Museum, Commune Artist colony, Fomma Art Trust, Goethe Institut, Alliance Francaise de Karachi, Karachi University, Iqra University, Frere Hall, Quaid-e-Azam House, Free Mason’s Lodge and Mohatta Palace Museum. These venues are main historical buildings of Karachi and are open for general public. Site-specific installations and few monumental pieces of sculpture will engage the public who are not familiar with contemporary art and role of art in general. These majorly crowded public spaces in all over Karachi will create a new trend of visiting art galleries and learn to understand art in future.
The Karachi Art Summit will bring together modernism, distinction and criticality through a multiplicity of curatorial strategies in order to showcase artists from Pakistan to the world while also strengthening a regional art exchange that benefits communities on a larger scale. Pakistan has begun to feature prominently on the global map with the many ingenious interests that arise with the international accomplishments of its artists. These achievements reflect the depth and vitality of art production in the country that is garnering the attention of the entire world.