10-16 December, Amin Gulgee
Curator Karachi Biennale 2017
Amin Gulgee (b. 1965, Karachi, Pakistan) received a BA in Art History and Economics from Yale University, USA in 1987 and won the Conger B. Goodyear Fine Arts Award for his senior thesis on Moghul gardens.
Gulgee has worked from his studio in Karachi for more than two decades and has exhibited extensively both at home and abroad. His international group shows include “Open: Esposizione Internazionale di Sculture ed Installazioni” in Venice, Italy in 1998; “Pakistan: Another Vision,” Brunei Gallery, London, UK in 2000; the Beijing Biennial in 2003; “Beyond Borders,” National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India in 2005; “Paradise Lost,” WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA in 2008; “Rites of Passage,” Ostrale, Dresden, Germany in 2010 and “New Pathways: Contemporary Art from Pakistan,” UN Headquarters, New York, NY, USA in 2016. His work has also been shown at Art Dubai 2009, Art Taipei 2012 and Art Stage Singapore 2016.
Gulgee is also known for his performance works, an emerging field in Pakistan. Over the past decade, he has staged over a dozen performance works in Karachi and Lahore, Dubai and Nagoya, as well at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In addition, the artist launched Amin Gulgee Gallery in Karachi in 2000. He sees the need to provide a space for non-commercial, thematic exhibitions of both Pakistani and foreign artists. He has curated or co-curated 14 shows at the gallery and elsewhere, including exhibitions of new media, installation and performance.
The First Karachi Biennale will be held in 2017 in Pakistan’s largest city. With a population of over 20 million this urban sprawl is home to a very ethnically diverse population.
The Karachi Biennale is a visionary platform that will brings together innovation, excellence and criticality through a multiplicity of curatorial strategies to showcase artists from Pakistan to the world as well as strengthen a global art exchange. Artists are invited to respond to the theme WITNESS that evokes issues of misrepresentation and erasure. Art as a testament of its time has always held significance, particularly in times when memory is heavily contested. According to Kundera ‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memories against forgetting’ this puts the onus on eye witnesses and documenters to create testimonies. Their narratives will have centrality at the Biennale.
The Biennale will showcase art in a multi-tiered exhibition program with curated shows in major exhibition spaces of the city. This will have a component with regional and global artists. Artists are also invited to create interventions at off- site locations to reclaim places of historical and social importance. Vibrant public art at widespread locations throughout the city will penetrate deep into cultural fabric of Karachi and engage new audiences.