Faysal Bank in collaboration with Tourism and Culture Department of Sindh Government organized the Karachi art Summit from 21st March to 5th April in Karachi.
According to organizers, the aim of Karachi Art Summit was to bring visual art into public spaces to invite, encourage and engage more audience. The projects in the summit were created to interact with the viewers in a manner that were autonomous and reachable.
President Faysal Bank, Nauman Ansari said on the event, “Karachi Art Summit is one of its kind events, just as the Karachi and Lahore Eat Festival. Faysal Bank takes pride in taking the lead in bringing such events to our people and showcasing art and express it with in front of a larger audience is something new to the people of Karachi as this event will demostrate expertise of renowned artisted to the general public.”
He further stated that summit was sure to create a lot of opportunities for the young artists who would be able to engage with the art community as well as a platform for the aesthetics who are truly involved with the arts to connect with the arts and artists.
In Karachi Art Summit, besides various site-specific installations and sculptures, there were two curatorial projects, three talks and five performances .
More than 80 artistes including 34 international artists took part in thre summit. Artists from other citires of the country and from other countries as well participated in the event. The internationally famed Amin Gulgee, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi (YBQ), Joshinder Chaggar and Fatema Sabeeka also performed in the summit.
Atll the sites were outdoor that encouraged more public to interact and experience cntemporary art of the region.
The major historical buildings of Karachi were chosen as the venues for curatorial projects, performances and talks that were open for general public. Site-specific installations and few monumental pieces of sculpture were put to engage the public who are not familiar with contemporary art and role of art in general. It’s a good initiative as these crowded public spaces all over the city can create a new trend of visiting art galleries and learn to understand art in future.
According to organizers, the objective of Karachi Art Summit was to bring together modernism and distinction through curatorial strategies in order to showcase artists from Pakistan to the world while strengthening a regional art exchange that benefits communities on a larger scale.
Media and PR for the Karachi Art summit was managed by Take-II and while FM 103 was the official radio partner for the event.