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artSPEAK: Art in Parks and Public Spaces

artSPEAK: Art in Parks and Public Spaces

The Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) held a second artSPEAK, “Art in Parks and Public Spaces” on April 21, 2016, for the Stories We Tell – Aao Sunayein Kahani project, being carried out in collaboration with the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD), with the support of the Centre for Culture and Development (CKU). The open discussion at Bagh-e-Jinnah featured artists and academics engaging with the public to have a stimulating conversation about the significance of art in public spaces.

Zarmina Rafi (LBF) moderated the session, whilst artist Farida Batool, curator Mariam Zulfiqar, BNU team members for the project Bilal Sami, Umar Hameed and Rabeya Jalil, and members of the Mirasi community, Sajjad and Hafiz, including Dean SVAD and Artistic Director for the Lahore Biennale, Rashid Rana and Executive Director and Co-Founder of LBF, Qudsia Rahim served as speakers. Through the course of the evening, many essential issues came up, such as who the audience for public art is and how it builds resilience in communities.

When asked about their experience, Hafiz spoke about how the project had "removed the dust" from their work, and shone a light upon it once again. Sajjad ended a truly enjoyable and informative evening on a musical note with a riveting tabla performance in the park.

About Stories We Tell | Aao Sunayein Kahani

Stories We Tell is an audio and visual storytelling project that aims to create a crossover between communities, and people, by creating an avenue for the exchange of ideas and stories. The overall project aims to create an intercultural dialogue by using site specific community projects as a trigger point for the collection and generation of stories and narratives; this will further encourage citizens of Lahore to tell their personal experiences and initiate a public exchange discourse.

Moreover, the project is designed to encourage the revival of informal story telling around the city. The stories being collected have a tendency to take on directions and trajectories of their own – while this poses unique documentation challenges, it also adds richness to the project. The project team has attempted to steer conversations through thematic intervention and so, for this artSPEAK, the theme was – broadly – art in public space. These public spaces include but are not limited to parks.

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