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Conserving the memory of a potters place in Karachi
For the Fourth ASNA Clay Triennial, ASNA commissioned filmmaker/documentary maker Nameera Ahmed* to make a documentary on the cultural precinct of the Kumbharvara.

Kumbharvara is part of the cultural memory of Karachi, which is endangered by rapid development schemes. The original Kumbhar community has been relocated.

Sheherezade Alam: Pakistan’s Pioneer Potter
Sheherezade, in her extensive interview with Niilofur Farrukh, Co-Founder, ASNA, spoke about her pioneering journey in the field of ceramics in Pakistan. The video was coordinated by Nameera Ahmed and will be uploaded soon.

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Endangered Clay Craft Techniques
Researcher, Aasim Akhtar was commissioned to document endangered pottery forms which are obsolete and may disappear from memory in a generation. Since very few potters have the skills to build these forms their techniques were photographed step by step.

The research documents also give an in-depth view of the vast repertoire of techniques and forms which ASNA research will be making available to the contemporary potter/researcher.


Artist’s Biography: Nameera Ahmed *
Nameera Ahmed is a Karachi-based visual artist and filmmaker.

Her artworks have showcased in various group and indivual shows at the Mohatta Palace Museum Karachi’s ‘Rising Tide’ exhibit (2010), the Arts Council Karachi as part of the Visiting Arts UK and NuktaArt artists’ project 1mile² (2009), the V.M. GalleryKarachi (2012), the Kathmandu International Art Festival, Nepal (2012), and the Ahmedabad International Art Festival, India (2012).Since 2007 herdocumentary films have had international screenings in Italy, Germany, Iran, Brazil, India, Qatar, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, Turkey, the U.S.A. and Pakistan, covering themes from heritage and culture, music, education, social issues, and the environment.

She also writes for the Leonardo Reviews (Leonardo/ISAST) and Nukta Art Magazine, Pakistan, and has been teaching at the Karachi University.


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