Date & Time

27 January 18 - 27 January 18

16:00 PM - 17:30 PM

Shahana Rajani
Zahra Malkani
Ilze Wolff

Organised by: Sven Christian,  Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper (Zeitz MOCAA).

In conjunction with the exhibition of Publishing Against the Grain at Zeitz MOCAA, Alternate Voices: Exhausted Geographies  will focus on the long-lasting effect of the colonial blueprint, as seen in the development of both former British colonies, Karachi and Cape Town.

Panelists include Exhausted Geographies’ Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani (via Skype), as well as Pumflet co-founder Ilze Wolff. This discussion will be moderated by Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA.

Publishing Against the Grain is an exhibition organised and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and initiated by ICI’s Alaina Claire Feldman, Becky Nahom and Sanna Almajedi. The exhibition was made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. The organising curator for Publishing Against the Grain’s presentation at Zeitz MOCAA is Sven Christian, Adriane Iann Assistant Curator of Books and Works on Paper at Zeitz MOCAA. The presentation of this exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA has been made possible by the American Friends of Zeitz MOCAA, the Zeitz MOCAA Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Zeitz MOCAA members.

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This event can accommodate a maximum of 100 people.

About Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani (Exhausted Geographies):

An experimental art publication that maps the city of Karachi, Exhausted Geographies is a radical engagement with the politics of representation and map-making in order to explore and produce

new ways of seeing and imagining cities in the Global South. Edited by Zahra Malkani and Shahana Rajani and designed by Abeera Kamran, the publication consists of seven maps, each coupled with an essay contributed by artists, architects, historians, urban planners, geographers and anthropologists working on or in Karachi. It is a coming together of different situated and localised knowledges to enable an exchange of ideas and methodologies beyond the borders of the academy and the art world. Using artistic and interdisciplinary research methods, mapmaking is subverted into an open and critical medium to produce visual representations of space, temporality, politics and human relationships.

About Ilze Wolff (Pumflet):

Ilze Wolff co-directs Wolff Architects with Heinrich Wolff and is currently an  architectural fellow/artist in residence at the Centre for Humanities  Research,  University of the Western Cape.

Pumflet: art, architecture and stuff is a publication series exploring the social imagination, stories of neighbourhoods and reflecting on histories of the present. It is a site-specific project-based, correspondence-based, creative writing based, graphic based, periodical. It seeks to invite the public into conversation and reflection about architecture, art and other creative disciplines with the purpose of finding wisdom on how to intervene or relate to contested land.

Pumflet is supported by oharchitecture for media and distribution; and Wolff architects for production and project implementation. Since its inception in 2016 Pumflet projects have been hosted by the University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust, Gallery University Stellenbosch and A4 Arts Foundation.

Pumflet ‘gladiolus’ was inserted as a supplement into the catalogue ‘Bird Song’ by Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2017, and Pumflet co-founder, Kemang Wa Lehulere, and distributed at the accompanying solo show in Berlin. Each publication is conceived as an original art book designed by architect and Pumflet co-founder, Ilze Wolff, using recycled paper, gaffer tape, archival images, typed, and handwritten text.