Growing Pains: A Performance by Fareeha Shah at T2F

In our impatience to best the perils of adulthood, it is easy to forget the trauma of adolescence. “Growing Pains” will help us remember. It is an exploration of early life through a close reading of journals, diaries, and other writings. The show will comprise of both, a performance and a curated display of documents and artwork.

The first half will consist of a personal reflection by Fareeha Shah. The performance will be a mediation on shame and the self and will address themes including social exclusion, expectations, and a yearning for validation. The audience will then be able to engage with the work displayed in the gallery. Prints and other keepsakes from the show, designed in collaboration with visual artist Muhammad Alimumal, will also be available for sale.

Adolescence is a time fraught with trial, misery, and very complex emotions. Left behind in the hazy recollections of our pasts, it is easy to forget this. “Growing Pains” invites the audience to peruse memories that they may have trouble confronting by presenting deeply personal, sometimes painful, work.

Performer’s note: It is important to have this event during my final days in Karachi, before I leave for university, when I am at the cusp of starting a new life. Having the show at this critical juncture will enable deep purging, catharsis, and a metamorphosis. Being able to let go of a significant amount of compounding suffering will allow me to part ways with the city at peace with it.

About the Performer:

Fareeha Shah is a writer that graduated with a degree in English Literature from LUMS in 2018. In August, she will be attending The New School for a Master’s in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism in New York City. She is currently working on a collection of essays and creative non-fiction. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @fifiishah. Reach her at

Muhammad Alimumal is a student of Visual Arts at BNU, Lahore, based in Karachi. His work has appeared in two exhibits, Ahang and the Karachi Art Summit, over the past year. It was displayed both locally and internationally. His collaboration on “Growing Pains” includes working on the display, design, and creative visuals of the show. He is currently in his final year. Reach him at

Date: Tuesday, 30th July 2019
Time: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free!
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