Poppy Seed

Urdu Reading Group

Posted in Alternative happenings by ps31 on July 10, 2011

Every other Sunday, eminent writer Asif Farrukhi leads an Urdu reading group at Poppy Seed.  In the wake of the Framing the Local Context series of talks, many of us (20 and 30 somethings) felt we needed and wanted to learn more about Urdu fiction and didn’t even know where to begin.  Asif Farrukhi, who had been one of the speakers at the talks, offered to be the torch bearer to allow facilitated access.  We are also regularly joined by Sheema Kirmani and Asma Mundrawala who are so well-versed in Urdu literature and this makes discussions became much more multifaceted and interesting.  Less regular but prominent visitors are Tanvir Anjum and Afzal Ahmed Syed.

The group has met with several guest readers, such as Omar Memon, Fehmida Riaz, Zehra Nigah, Amar Mehboob and also made a trip to Mr. Lutfullah’s residence where he shared with us some recordings of writers like Ismat Chughtai reading their own work.

Seminar: Tradition and Art (April 30th, 2011)

Posted in Alternative happenings by ps31 on April 21, 2011

Rizwanullah Khan at Poppy Seed

Posted in Alternative happenings by ps31 on March 9, 2010

March is Art and Philosophy Month at Poppy Seed

 The first talk of the Art and Philosophy series will be held on March 12th, at 5:30pm sharp.

 Rizwanullah Khan will speak about the notion of the individual and his/her needs in Far Eastern philosophy and its implications for the role of the Artist in society.
 
About the speaker: Rizwanullah Khan is an artist, musician and educator.  Since 1999, he has taught Art History at Karachi Univerity, Karachi School of Art and various other institutions. He has worked with renowned scholars in the field such as, Dr. M.S. Riaz, Prof. R.A. Jairazbhoy, & Dr. Affan Seljuq.

The talk is free and open to the public but does require participants to pre-register by Wednesday, March 12th, 2010.  Artists, writers and students are encouraged to attend.

Participants may register over the telephone or via email:

Ph: 021.3569.3808.

Email: poppyseed.gallery@gmail.com

Tea will be served at 5:15pm.

Poppy Seed, First Floor, Shafi Courts, Merewether Road, Karachi

Khurram Shafique at Poppy Seed

Posted in Alternative happenings by ps31 on February 17, 2010

February is Art and Literature Month at Poppy Seed

 The second talk of the Art and Literature series will be held on Feb 19th, at 5:30pm sharp.

 Khurram Shafique will share his ideas about why Literature has been more popular in our part of the world than Art

About the speaker: Khurram Ali Shafique is a Research Consultant at the Iqbal Academy Pakistan (Federal Ministry of Culture).  Among his many published works are The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality (2007) and Iqbal: An Illustrated Biography (2006).  He has also contributed over 200 articles to the national press on History, Feminism, Literature and Cinema and maintains an online Chronicle of Pakistan. 

The talk is free and open to the public but does require participants to pre-register by Wednesday, February 17th, 2010.  Artists, writers and students are encouraged to attend.

Participants may register over the telephone or via email:

Ph: 021.3569.3808.

Email: poppyseed.gallery@gmail.com

Tea will be served at 5:15pm.

Poppy Seed, First Floor, Shafi Courts, Merewether Road, Karachi

Asif Farrukhi at Poppy Seed

Posted in Alternative happenings by ps31 on February 9, 2010

February is Art and Literature Month at Poppy Seed
 
The first talk of the Art and Literature series will be held on Feb 12th, at 5:30pm sharp. 
 
Asif Farrukhi will speak about how art and artists have been portrayed in Urdu Literature.
 
About the speaker: Asif Farrukhi is a renowned short story writer and critic and contributes regularly to the English language press. He is also the editor of Dunyazad, a literary journal of new writing and contemporary issues.  He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award by the Pakistan Academy of Letters in 1997 and more recently the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.
 
The talk is free and open to the public but does require participants to pre-register by Wednesday, February 8th, 2010.  Artists, writers and students are encouraged to attend.
 
Participants may register over the telephone or via email: 
Ph: 021.3569.3808.
Email: poppyseed.gallery@gmail.com
 

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Vasl Art Study – January 7th, 2010

Posted in Alternative happenings by ps31 on January 18, 2010

“Dear Diary” – the Reading

Posted in Alternative happenings, Exhibit Openings by ps31 on December 22, 2009

 “Dear Diary” was planned as an interdisplinary event that sought to explore the relationship between the visual arts and literature.  Since journal writing itself is a textual activity that was being translated in to the visual space through the art work, we thought it would also be interesting to examine how writers have chosen personal narratives to develop fiction and autobiography. 

Our readers, (left to right) Sanam, Momin, Zoe and Omar, came to the gallery a week prior to the exhibition opening to see and discuss the art work and formulated their responses to them through selected pieces of literature. 

 

The reading was well received. Many thought it made the experience of the exhibit more rounded and relatable.  The  revival of the practise of a reading was commended by the older generation who remembered it being a vital part of the Karachi culturescape in the 70’s. 

Some of the selected excerpts are as follows:

Zoe’s response to the show: 

“What we remember lacks the hard edge of fact.  To help us along we create little fictions, highly subtle and individual scenarios which clairfy and shape our experience.  The remembered event becomes a fiction, a structure made to accomodate certain feelings…If it weren’t for these structures, art would be too personal for the artist to create, much less for the audience to grasp.  Even film, the most literal of  all the arts, is edited.” –Jerzy Kozinski.

Momin’s response to Samar Zia’s work:

The scapula is a flat triangular shaped bone which lies on the posterior superficial to the ribs and separated from them by muscle.

Shuttered like a fan no-one suspects your shoulder blades of wings. While you lay on your belly I kneaded the hard edges of your flight. You are a fallen angel but still as the angels are; body light as a dragonfly, great gold wings cut across the sun.

If I’m not careful you’ll cut me. If I slip my hand too casually down the sharp side of your scapula I will lift away a bleeding palm. I know the stigmata of presumption. The wound that will not heal if I take you for granted. Nail me to you. I will ride you like a nightmare. You are the winged horse Pegasus who would not be saddled. Strain under me. I want to see your muscle sheath flex and stretch. Such innocent triangles holding hidden strength. Don’t rear at me with unfolding power. I fear you in our bed when I put out my hands to touch you and feel the twin razors turned towards me. You sleep with your back towards me so that I will know the full extent of you. It is sufficient.” — Jeanette Winterson in Written on the Body.