I forgot to blog this.I had applied and made it through the first screening for Mobile Artistic Platform, a project about travel by Maraa and the Reloading Images Collective.
A summary I did of Faiz’s poems , ‘Subh-e- Azadi’ and ‘Yahan se shehar ko dekho’
The poet writes this work on the eve of Indian independence, with a sense of melancholy about the fruits of labour, he verifies that this is not the independence that was sought after. The poem begins on a dark note with disillusionment, the bittersweet nature of the triumph. It goes on to describe the single mindedness with which the voyages of this journey resisted the temptations of fancy., and when dawn finally appeared, when the storm clouds cleared then came a sense of clarity between the struggle and the goal. The poet then goes on to describe that the comrades are changing, how in which gratification is sought more than angst, and the pain of partition does not weigh on their apparent disposition. The fine breeze of dawn has just passed by and the wayside lamp barely noticed. The gravity of night has not lightened, and the time for redemption has not yet arrived, so the poet urges his comrades and compatriots to keep walking, for that destination is not in sight.
Yahan se shehar ko dekho
In this poem the poet is writing as a response to the 1965 roits in Karachi. In the dismal picture that he paints , the city looks like a maze with exit, like a prison , with no freedom and where repression reigns. The city he describes is one with a faceless crowd where no one is allowed to grow, where every man is a potential victim and every women a slave. He describes the lazy anarchy of the morning as a thankless hopeless circular prison walk.
I’m on the verge of losing my residency.I haven’t managed to get a Visa on time and the organisation seems to have left me out their budgeting process because my passport took a long time to come through given that I haven’t been in this city for more than a year, wasn’t planning to move back here when I moved, couldn’t get the documents together on time…
We’re into the fourth day of the six week residency.I’m going through a travel agent in order to get the Visa made, and he says that it could take about seven days for the Visa to come through.
The organisation says ‘better luck next time!’, but I’m not willing to let this residency go…I need it desperately right now…the energy, being in Pakistan…1947, 1961, the Urdu, a chance to work with Citizen’s archive of Pakistan, having a show in Karachi…
I feel really culturally drained right now, and this residency and making work around the theme ‘State of being so divided’ promises to be cathartic as well as rejuvenating…It would be a pity to let it go.