Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a tribute to visual artist, author and filmmaker Samina Quraeshi. The memorial program will feature a film screening of Samina’s last project, The Other Half of Tomorrow, a series of short documentaries about women in Pakistan co-directed with her daughter Sadia Shepard, as well as remembrances from colleagues and friends.
Samina Quraeshi is the author four award-winning illustrated books about Pakistan: Legacy of the Indus (1978), Lahore: The City Within (1987), Legends of the Indus (2005) and Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus (2010). In 2006, she received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s National Medal of Excellence, for her work in cultural preservation.
Samina devoted her career to integrating design, education, cultural diplomacy and authorship to express communities’ distinct cultural voices. Her multidisciplinary practice included architecture, design, illustrated books, and visual art, and her commitment to public service included high profile assignments in the US federal government – as chairperson of Design Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1994 to 1997 – as well as professorial appointments at the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Miami, and Harvard University.
Through paintings, books, teaching, and public speaking, Samina was a charismatic and persuasive advocate for inter-cultural understanding, inter-disciplinary education, and the vital importance of art and culture to the wider world, with special attention to creative placemaking and how society and place shape identity.
Samina was raised in Karachi and traveled to the United States as a foreign student in the 1960s. In 1978 she founded S/Q Design with her husband, architect Richard Shepard, an architecture and graphic design firm in Boston. The two of them spent the next forty years designing residential and commercial environments in the US and Pakistan as well as books, exhibitions, and lecture series that informed and deepened audiences’ understanding of Pakistan and Sufi Muslim culture. Essential to their approach was the synthesis of cultural and place-based research to enlist community members in the improvement of public spaces. A powerful storyteller, Samina used her ability to engage an audience to build consensus around design interventions, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse.
Samina remained passionate about her two homes, Pakistan and the United States, and the possibilities of art to bridge the distance between them. In 2010, Samina began a documentary film project about women in Pakistan working for social change, The Other Half of Tomorrow, in collaboration with her daughter Sadia Shepard and son in law Andreas Burgess. She was eager to create more nuanced narratives of Pakistan and to expand the idea of what it means to be a Pakistani woman.
Date: Sunday, 12th January, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi