Do South-South dialogues hold the future answer for re-imagining cities?

By Amra Ali

Memory has been part of the post modernists’ dilemma; a space addressed to accommodate a plethora of narratives that have to do with negotiations of histories within a (global) dynamics. The need to break away from a specific cultural / creative mold in lieu of one whose nature is “beyond borders” of geography, race, religion, myth, folklore, language and class, is part of the new identity politics. A large part of this separation determines the equations between the ‘subaltern’ in the hegemony of Western discourse.

For the Pakistani Diasporas, there are as many points of negotiation within, as there are anywhere else in the world. Multiple points of reference, a magnitude of directions, an acceleration in the opportunities of inclusion in the Mega events and international residencies, we are too close to be able to make sense of the complexities of new ideologies taking root. But memory remains, whether it is in the way art (and art writing) can attempt to erase it or build on it. It is also manifested in the way we recall our recent past, which may be sometime earlier the same day, as in today, or yesterday. Recall is synonymous with representation and misrepresentation, self- censorship too. Memory can also fail.

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The Karachi-based photographer Agha Abbas's extensive digital portfolio brings a rich interplay of experimentation of light exposure, and spaces that evoke unique relationships to the human element.