I Am Karachi Museum: Let’s Own Karachi

I Am Karachi Museum

I Am Karachi Museum

The School of Writing (TSW) in association with I Am Karachi presented a two day ‘I Am Karachi Museum’. The event was held at Alliance Française de Karachi on 12th-13h June, 2015 in which more than 320 young photographers participated.

The purpose of this event was to show the real Karachi to the world through the eyes of its youth and to make people believe that Karachi is more than protests, violence, bomb blasts and whatever negative is said about it.

All in all, more than 70,000 photographs were selected to depict the beautiful life the residents live in this wonderful city.

Mohsin Tejani, who is the Founder and Executive Director of the School of Writing, said that though the students were taken to the famous landmarks across the city, however, they suggested focusing on all six districts (Karachi East, West, North, South, Malir and Korangi) in their task to highlight the beauty of this city.

The exhibition was followed by an audio-video exhibition, public reading, live music, a traditional-style dhaba and a photo booth.

The following was the schedule for the event:

Program Day | 01

  • 5:30 P.M – 06:30 PM Inaugural (Invite only)
  • 6:00 P.M – 10:00 PM Exhibition + Guided Tours
  • 7:30 P.M – 8:15 PM Public Readings by Asif Farrukhi
  • 8:15 P.M – 9:00 PM Public Readings from I Am Karachi Travelogues

Program Day | 02

  • 11:00 A.M – 10:00 PM Exhibition + Guided Tours
  • 5:00 P.M – 5:45 PM Public Readings by Shandana Minhas
  • 5:45 P.M – 6:30 PM Public Readings from I Am Karachi Travelogues
  • 7:30 P.M – 8:15 PM Public Readings by Haseena Moin
  • 8:30 P.M – 10:00 PM Live Music by Asif Sinan

Here are some glimpses from the event:

Mohsin Tejani Addressing the Audience

Mohsin Tejani Addressing the Audience

Some Photographs at the Exhibition

Some Photographs at the Exhibition

Onlookers Take Photos of the Exhibition

Onlookers Take Photos of the Exhibition

Photograph of a Railway Station Porter

Photograph of a Railway Station Porter

A Candid Image of Different Spices Sold in  Central Karachi

A Candid Image of Different Spices Sold in Central Karachi

This Man Could Not Help But Smile When Asked to Pose for a Photo - Indeed Beautiful

This Man Could Not Help But Smile When Asked to Pose for a Photo – Indeed Beautiful

Whatever the Situation Maybe, Never Forget Your Creator

Whatever the Situation Maybe, Never Forget Your Creator

Do I Even Need to Add Any Caption to it?

Do I Even Need to Add Any Caption to this Photo?

Bina Shah Receives an Award of Appreciation

Bina Shah Receives an Award of Appreciation

Audience enjoys Public Readings

Audience enjoys Public Readings

Attendees Enjoy at the Dhaba Setup

Attendees Enjoy at the Dhaba Setup

Parathas Being Made Live at the Dhaba

Parathas Being Made Live at the Dhaba

To sum it up, I Am Karachi Museum was an excellent initiative to encourage the young generation to take this city seriously and to inculcate the love of their city in them. To me it was an amazing experience and I really look forward to attending it the next time too. Way to go The School of Writing and I Am Karachi!

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