Birth of Pakistan

in collaboration with The Citizens Archive of Pakistan

with Yasir, Imran, Mehdi, Munazza, Adeela Suleman and Asma Mundrawala

At the Shanaakht Festival (Urdu meaning: Identity) 3000 students from Government and private schools attended and 8000 visitors visited the festival overall. In collaboration with the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Vasl Artists’ Collective with its Khayaal Khana team worked on creating an interactive museum space for children at the Mohatta Palace Museum.

This exhibition was opened on the 23rd of March 2010 and remained open for three months. Vasl was responsible for reconstructing the sentiments and expressions of migrants coming to Pakistan, which was executed in the form of the train journey – from Amritsar to Lahore – intended to relay the feelings of those people who left their homes in India to come live in the newly-formed Pakistan. This was accompanied by a sound installation directed by Shahid Shafat. The following actors performed in the piece: Yasir, Imran, Mehdi, Munazza, Adeela Suleman and Asma Mundrawala.

A refugee camp was also recreated to exhibit the living experience of the people who had just arrived in their new home land. The living conditions, hardships and valour of the citizens of the new country are epitomized in this installation.

Children’s activity and entertainment in the form of flip books and illustrated story books were also a part for this interactive exhibit.

Vasl Broadcasts in London: Resonance104.4fm

Vasl Artist’s Collective in collaboration with Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Radio FM91 made a sound piece for a children’s interactive museum, ‘Birth of Pakistan,’ at the Mohatta Palace Museum. The exhibition is about the historical journey from the Lahore Resolution of 1940, to the sacrifices made to achieve a Muslim homeland in 1947, and to the early days of the new born country of Pakistan. The sound piece was directed by Shahid Shafat and the following actors performed in the piece: Yasir, Imran, Mehdi, Munazza, Adeela Suleman and Asma Mundrawala. The sound piece was aired on the 17th of May on Resonance104.4fm, in London. The sound piece was part of a series called ‘Digestives’ run by art writing platform, antepress. This venture was possible with the efforts of Gemma Sharpe.