KB19: Second Biennale calls upon artists to interpret theme- Ecology

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Artists from all over Pakistan and abroad will emphasize on coastal ecology to interpret the theme of this year’s drill, said Niilofar Farrukh- Managing Trustee of Karachi Biennale Trust and CEO of KB19 on Saturday.

Karachi Biennale, a biannually-held arts grandeur, had become the talk of the town on its first exhibition for hosting immense talent by local and foreign artists and curators under the auspices of Karachi Biennale Trust, while part of it received controversy over vandalism.

While there is a general consensus that art is the conscious creation of something beautiful, it is of more significance for a particular meaning it holds.

The second exhibition is slated to converse on the urgency of environmental degradation.

This theme has been inspired by the threat to Karachi’s ecology manifested in the heat waves, water scarcity, and pollution that the city dwellers face every year.

“KB19 is creating the first-ever opportunity for Pakistani artists to engage with ecology on such a large scale. Their work will address the concerns and sensitize the audience”, Niilofar said in her welcoming remarks at the Launch Reception of KB19.

“The Biennale will carry out an exchange with national and international platforms to introduce new knowledge to harness eco-friendly changes in everyday life,” she added.

Speaking next, KB19’s Curator Muhammad Zeeshan said Karachi Biennale has declared itself a Green Biennale with the responsibility to minimize its carbon footprint by using eco-friendly material.

The launch reception also announced prizes being instituted for recognizing the outstanding contribution and encourage young artists.