The Representation of Sindh in Visual Culture

Lecture by Julien Levesque on “The Representation of Sindh in Visual Culture” at Alliance française de Karachi on Thursday, 12th December 2013. This presentation will thus use a few examples of various cultural productions – film and music videos – of the last 50 years to illustrate how the symbols which now represent and signify Sindh were crafted and diffused.

The Representation of Sindh in Visual Culture

Sindhi culture is now generally understood in Pakistan to be a rural culture, or at least to be deeply rooted in a rural lifestyle. References to Sindh in the media often draw on a standard set of cultural markers, such as the sindhi topi, the ajrak, the river Indus or certain Sufi saints, in particular Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.

But these cultural markers, if they seem unquestionably associated with Sindh today, became so through a process of folklorization and cultural activism, pursued by some prominent intellectuals and cultural institutions, among others. These items, landscapes and historical and spiritual figures have acquired a new meaning: they have become folklore meant to represent the essence of a region and a people.

Address: Alliance française de Karachi, Plot/St-1, Block 8, Kehkashan, Clifton, near Teen Talwar, Karachi.
Date: Thursday, 12th December 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Entrance: Rs. 300/-

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