Artistic Intervention: Rang Saazi with Girls at Dhabas

A year ago on July 15th, Qandeel Baloch (Fauzia Azeem) was killed by her brother. She was 26 years old when she was murdered. In her short life she held a mirror up to us. Our society's hypocrisies and its blatant hatred of women. She was a woman who had nothing yet fought to live her life on her own terms. Armed with a smartphone and a bold, red lip, Qandeel Baloch winked at us from our laptop screens and then laughed when we responded with venom. She refused to back down and struck back with wit, charm and infinite resilience.

In celebration of Qandeel's life, Girls at Dhabas and Pakistan Chowk Community Centre invited the community to paint a mural of Qandeel on July 15, talk, share and learn while creating something together. Splashing the colors of resilience on walls near Pakistan Chowk, we refuse to forget her, the women before her, the women among us, and we will fight hate with art and solidarity.

The Rang Saazi was followed by a dialogue at Pakistan Chowk Community Center the day after, discussing what happens when people get together to make controversial art in public spaces, about women who decide to live and practise their daily lives differently.

Photo credit: Shayan Khatri

Representing the artists of Old Town at Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar @ T2F

On July 14 and 15, our team of interns displayed and sold the works of the oldest artists of Old Town, like Ahmed Anwer, among the works of contemporary artists at The Second Floor's Jumma Hafta Art Bazaar. It was an excellent to bring the works of the Water Color Society at Pakistan Chowk under the spotlight and talk about the process. Spoken histories of Old Town veterans were put on public display in eight postcards for people's engagement. People also got to have a glimpse of the Pakistan Chowk Community Centre on postcards, carrying our mission and our narrative further.

JHAB proved to be a great way for people to learn about what Pakistan Chowk Community Centre aims to be and how they can contribute to make it happen.

Photo credit: Anum Mufti