BIRTH OF PAKISTAN- in collaboration with CAP
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.