Digging Deep, Crossing Far_ 2nd Encounter: Karachi extended the exhibition from Bangalore/Kochi to Karachi with four pieces from Pakistani artists, with three of these being newly created for the exhibition.

As a seaport, Karachi was an important military base during the First World War. For ships coming via the Suez Canal, it was the first port of call in British India and the main access route to Afghanistan and the Russian Empire.

Many soldiers were brought from Karachi through its port to Marseilles, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and other war zones.

Digging Deep, Crossing Far_ 2nd Encounter: Karachi was shown in Karachi at the Arts Council Pakistan from May 29 to June 4, 2016.



Ayisha Abraham, Gilles Aubry, Jamil Baloch, Sarnath Banerjee, Ayaz Jokhio, Muzzumil Ruheel, Surekha and The Tentative Collective


Kriegsfriedhof, Karatschi

War Cemetery, Karachi, photo: Julia Tieke


Sun, May 29, 2016

3 pm

Opening Reception

Inauguration in the presence of the curators and the Pakistani artists

5–6 pm

Curatorial Talk

with Elke Falat and Julia Tieke

6–8 pm

Listening Session

Recordings from South Asian prisoners-of-war, with Gilles Aubry

Mon, May 30, 2016

6–8 pm

On the Balochi Recordings from the Berlin Lautarchiv

Talk with Dr. Hafeez Jamali, Assistant Professor, Habib University, Karachi

Tue, May 31, 2016

11 am–6 pm

Listening Sessions

Workshop with Gilles Aubry

6 pm

The Halfmoon Files

Screening: Film by Philip Scheffner, 2007, 87’ (OV with English subtitles)

Wed, June 1, 2016

11 am–6 pm

Listening and Artistic Working Sessions

Workshop with Gilles Aubry

6–8 pm

Boulevard d'Ypres

Screening: Film by Sarah Vanagt, 2010, 65’

(OV with English subtitles)

Followed by a discussion with the curators

Fri, June 3, 2016

6–8 pm

Listening Sessions

Public presentation of the workshops

Sat, June 4, 2016

6–8 pm

Closing Event

A tour through the exhibition with comments by Niilofur Farrukh (art critic, curator, Karachi) and Gulraiz Khan (communication studies and design, Habib University, Karachi)

Presentation and feedback of the workshop participants