Karachi, Indus & Kathmandu

At Katmandu International Art Festival, Yasir Husain is showing short films, shot from a mobile camera using kites, drones, motor bikes, cars and walks in Karachi, the set called ‘Neuro‘.  In ‘Bio‘ he connects a fisher community on the outskirts of Karachi, in Ibrahim Hyderi, with another community in Nepal. The live internet session is a people-to-people conversation which is structured just enough for people in the session to talk about their lives.
Nepal and Pakistan are also connected as members of SAARC the South Asia  Regional Association for Cooperation, while Indian and Pakistani publics are engaged in Aman ki Asha’s Milne Do campaign to ease visa restrictions, and loosening the defence centred shackles which have made ordinary people in these countries its prisoners unable to cross borders freely.

The Indus River begins in the Himalayas at Lake Mansarovar near Mount Kailash in Tibet, about 40 km from Nepal, traveling across Tibet, through India at Ladakh, into Pakistan near Skardu, making its way down the length of Pakistan into the Indus Valley, while its many tributaries join it in Punjab until it grows wide in Sindh and flows into the sea near Karachi, where the project initiates. Partnering in this project is the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum PFF, a community organization which aworks to protect the rights of fisher people in Sindh province.

More on Ibrahim Hyderi’s fisher folk in Chris Lydon’s interview with Mohammed Ali Shah

Writings on Karachi: Look at the City from Here, ed Asif Farrukhi


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