Munaqqash has been an on-going public art project on an abandoned canteen at National Museum, Karachi initiated by I AM Karachi. Execution on site has started from 15th July’2017. The sole purpose of this project is to involve general public through which they could witness the execution of art work on site, through workshops at schools and motivating volunteers from different art schools. So far four workshops has been conducted including The Garage School, SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School, Khatoon-e-Pakistan Government Girls School and Arts Council, Karachi. An open call has also initiated in July in order to invite our artist community and volunteers. Project has launched formally on 12th August’2017 in relation with international Youth day.Artists including Sabir Ali, SafeerSandeelo, Farrukh Shahab, SehrishWillayat, HinaTabasum and NashraSaleem are team members of this execution. Mehreen Hashmi is the implementing partner and curator of this venture.
This project is a continuation of the Heidelberg project initiated in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton on the city’s east side, just north of Detroit’s historically African American Black Bottom area. The project is named after Heidelberg Street where the installation started. The inspiration taken is intended to connect and promote this project globally. The authorities related with The Heidelberg Project has also acknowledged our effortsand has been appreciating our progress.
In connection with Heidelberg project, we have executed work with mainly found objects while depicting our vibrant local culture. Several every day elements can be seen installed on the walls and arches. From our love of tea to kites flying on the roof brings its significance to life. Vibrancy of this execution can be seen from the entrance of National Museum.
A doll making competition will also be initiated for students from age 12 to 14 years. This project will end on 30th August’2017. Projects of such kind play an integral role in creating awareness for aesthetics in general public and bring art to the masses. .