With Digging Deep, Crossing Far_ 4th Encounter: Lahore, the exhibition returned to South Asia, more precisely to the Punjab, a former province of British India, which is now divided between Pakistan and India and which was a preferred recruitment area – not only in the First World War.

Digging Deep, Crossing Far_ 4th Encounter: Lahore was shown from February 25 to March 3, 2017, at Alhamra Arts Center, Mall Road, Lahore.

Opening times:
Sat, Feb 25: 10 am–5 pm
Sun, Feb 26: closed
Mon–Thu: 10 am–6 pm
Fri, March 3: 10 am–4 pm

Free admission

Download the exhibition booklet here



Bani Abidi, Ayisha Abraham, Gilles Aubry, Jamil Baloch, Sarnath Banerjee, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Ayaz Jokhio, Amina Menia, Judith Raum, Muzzumil Ruheel, Sonya Schönberger, Surekha, Risham Syed and The Tentative Collective


Foto / photo: Christoph Assmann

Bani Abidi, Memorial to Lost Words (detail), 2016.
Photo: Christoph Assmann


Fri, Feb 24, 2017

3.30–4.30 pm

Exhibition Opening

with the curators and artists present

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

11 am–12 pm
at Faletti’s Hotel, Lahore

Digging Deep, Crossing Far. A Contemporary Art Project Starting from World War I

Panel Discussion with Elke Falat and Julia Tieke (Berlin, curators of digging deep, crossing far), artists Risham Syed (Lahore) and Muzzumil Ruheel (Karachi), and historian Ali Usman Qasmi (LUMS) around the exhibition digging deep, crossing far at the Lahore Literary Festival, Indian prisoners of war in a German propaganda camp, and World War I history in the Punjab.

Moderation: Nida Kirmani

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

10 am–6 pm
at the School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

Attuning to Sound Archives – Listening Session / Workshop

The workshop deals with sound recordings from prisoners of war in the German Halfmoon Camp, who originally came from today’s Pakistan and were recruited to fight for the British in World War I. The 100-year-old recordings are in Urdu, Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi and Hindustani and include tales, songs, personal stories, and sample words. The main idea of the workshop is to engage with the recordings directly through listening in order to explore their sensual potential.

With the Berlin based sound artist Gilles Aubry.

Closed workshop for students of BNU, LUMS and NCA.

Tue, Feb 28, 2017

11 am–12 pm
in the exhibition space, Alhamra Arts Center

Guided Tour

with curator Julia Tieke