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Opening: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Venue: NJV School, M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachi


Exhibition Dates: October 22, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Open Daily: 10:00am – 6:00pm


Closing: November 5, 2017

Venue: Frere Hall, Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi


Artists Include:

Carla Chan (China), Guillaume Robert (France), Guido Van Der Werve (Netherlands), Huma Mulji (Pakistan), Humra Abbas (Pakistan), Jocelyn Lee (USA), Lala Rukh (Pakistan), Li Wei (China), Mandarjazail (Pakistan), Meher Afroz (Pakistan), Michelangelo Pistolleto (Italy), Mithu Sen (India), Naheed Raza (Pakistan), Orlan (France), Quddus Mirza (Pakistan), Richard Humann (USA), RM Naeem (Pakistan), Samina Islam (Pakistan), Stephen Sheehan (UK), Sungjin Song (Korea), Talal Faisal (Pakistan), Wardah Bukhari (Pakistan), Yoko Ono (Japan), Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Pakistan)


KB17 Exhibition Venues:

Karachi School of Art, VM Art Gallery, 63 Commissariat Road, Capri Cinema, NJV Government Higher Secondary School, Jamshed Memorial Hall, Pioneer Book House, Sadequain Gallery (Frere Hall), Claremont House, Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Art Gallery (Alliance Française), FOMMA DHA Art Center, IVS Gallery (Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture)


About KB17

KB17 is Pakistan’s largest international contemporary art event that will take place in Karachi every two years. This October, over 140 artists from Pakistan and across the globe will respond to a common theme: WITNESS.

Unbounded by a canon, Karachi is unique for her persistently altering memory. A maritime metropolis that embraces independent thinkers like the Modernist Masters of the 1950s, outfitted with three major art schools, and site of one of South Asia’s most dynamic art gallery circuits, Karachi is among the Art world’s best kept secrets.

We invite you to witness our city – over 22 million strong and sprawling – through the lens of art. Hosted at 12 diverse venues, including schools, heritage sites, cinemas, and public parks, the biennale will draw art out of the gallery and into the spaces that define Karachi’s quotidian pulse. Chief curator, Amin Gulgee has conceptualized KB17 exhibitions with performances, screenings, and dialogue for charting new movement through familiar spaces.

KB17’s two-week long, free public exhibition is an occasion for Karachiites and visitors to participate in an aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional survey of the city. It is an exploration of how her sundry communities, her individuals, her edifices, all witness and actively negotiate their city’s persistent social and political transitions.

This collective witnessing will disrupt the limits of our spatial imagination. KB17 is an occasion to revisit our histories, rethink our present, and reimagine our future with greater optimism.


KB17 Discursive


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meher Afroz in Conversation with Savita Apte and Saquib Hanif

To Be Announced


Monday, October 23, 2017, 3pm-4pm

Keynote address by Dr. Marek Bartelik, President, International Association of Art Critics

The Rise of Biennials in Asia: Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Gwangju Rangoonwala Auditorium


Monday, October 23, 2017

South Critical Dialogue with Latin American Critics and Curators

Carlos Acero Ruiz, Artistic Director and Curator on the International Photography Festival PHOTOIMAGEN, Director of Centro de la Imagen

Adriana Almada, Head Of Tekoha Projects, A Cultural Platform to Develop Publishing and Curatorial Platforms in Paraguay

Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, Director of the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art, Havana

Moderated by Niilofur Farrukh, Chair, Discursive Committee

Rangoonwala Auditorium


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Keynote address by Dr. Marcella Sirhandi, Professor Emerita Art History Oklahoma State University

Examining Chughtai: Meaning, Message, Motif

Rangoonwala Auditorium


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Keynote address by Paolo De Grandis, Founder and Curator of OPEN and President, PDG Arte Communications

OPEN: Public Art & Public Engagement

State Bank Auditorium



KB17 Programming


Educational Programming For School Children

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 12:30pm


Art Think Tank for College Students

Fridays: 10:00am – 12:30pm


Family Art Activity

Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm-5:00pm


Screenings of Althea Thauberger’s project at Capri Cinema (10/23, 11/2) Poetry Readings With Prolific Writers And Poets (10/27) Outdoor Drum Circle (10/27) Poetry Reading on Karachi (10/29) KB17 Emerging Artists Intensive (11/3)


Closing Ceremony (11/5) by invite only





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Visitor Information

All KB17 exhibitions are free and open to the public

National ID required for visitors aged 18+

No large bags allowed inside exhibition spaces

Children under the age of 5 not allowed in indoor exhibitions spaces