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A City within a City, a Tale within a Tale

Issue | 47
Text | Dua Abbas Rizvi
Visuals | As Mentioned

For their latest urban intervention, Numaish Karachi looked to the walled city of Lahore and found it analogous to One Thousand and One Nights – that legendary, intricate, and indefatigable collection of tales that has not only survived long centuries of darkness and light but emerged more resilient and adaptable with each instance of eager probing, of well-intentioned (though sometimes clumsy) alteration.

Numaish Karachi, which is an interdisciplinary collective of creative practitioners, works towards opening public spaces for cultural production. In March, they organised Sheherezade: The Walled City Anthology in a densely veined section of old Lahore, in collaboration with the British Council, The Walled City Lahore Authority, and MadLab (UK). For the weekend of mid-March, the tangle of alleys and courtyards and unaccounted-for interstices between Delhi Gate and Wazir Khan Mosque was transformed – rather, its history, its character, its peculiarities were brought out – by a number of installations, projects, and performances by artists, designers, craftspeople, architects, students, and digital engineers.

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About the Author:

Dua Abbas Rizvi (b. 1987) is a visual artist and art journalist based in Lahore, Pakistan. Since 2008, Rizvi has been writing regularly on art and culture for leading Pakistani newspapers, journals, and magazines. She also teaches studio and theory courses at her alma mater, the National College of Arts in Lahore.

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