‘Paper Boats’ refers both to the connection many in the community share with the sea, through their work as fishermen, as well as the fragility of their legal status in Pakistan – due to the challenges they face around documentation and citizenship.

To be stateless is to live in a world of uncertainty. Through art, music, animation, and film, this exhibition features work from nine artists who celebrate the rich culture and explore the daily challenges this group contends with. Artists featured are – Kremena Dimitrova, Abdul Rehman, Abdullah Khan, Adan Shaikh, Areeba Aslam, Axel Lucas, Habib Nasir, Nabiha Rehan and Yumna Fatima.

The show opens on Thu 16 Nov from 4.30pm accompanied by a screening of Jawad Sharif’s Adrift at 6pm which captures the everyday stories of Pakistani Bengalis living in Karachi. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director and the research team behind the project. Find out more about the screening here.

Curated by Humera Iqbal, Anushay Malik, Adan Shaikh and Axel Lucas. Based on research from the Partition of Identity Project, University College London, UK and Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.

Please note: the exhibition in the Lab will be closed to the public on Sun 3 Dec. 


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