The First KB19 Discursive Roundtable on the theme Displacement and Social Ecology took place on 11th January, 2019. The topic was adressed through the lens of Artist Shahana Rajani’s extensive research and art on Karachi. Social activist, writer and translator Aquila Ismail, historian Gul Hassan Kalamati, and investigative journalist Naziha Syed Ali on the panel examined displacement in the local context which has been brought about by development, shifting political boundaries and urbanisation. They used their firsthand experience to layer and expand the conversation. The session was moderated by art critic Nimra Khan.
The Discursive Roundtables are a part of the KBT Critical Knowledge Lab that seeks to facilitate an interface between art and other disciplines in relation to shared social and artistic concerns. It aims to document this exchange for researchers and critical thinkers as a frame of reference that brings the discourse into concrete form.
This roundtable was the first in a series of three interdisciplinary Roundtables to be held between January and March 2019 leading up to the Biennale.
This project is organised in partnership with Alliance Francaise de Karachi.