WORK ABOUT EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS DESTROYED AT KARACHI BIENNALE


..the [Karachi] Biennale ‘has completely ditched me as an artist and abandoned my work.’

Adeela Suleman

“On October 27, plainclothes police stormed the 2019 Karachi Biennale and demanded that the event’s organizers remove an installation by Pakistani artist and academic Adeela Suleman, titled Killing Fields of Karachi (2019). The work comprises 444 headstone-like sculptures commemorating the victims of the violent raids in Karachi between 2011 and 2018, allegedly led by Rao Anwar, a former police superintendent, whose trial for the extrajudicial killings is ongoing. The piece was accompanied by a video on one of the victims, Naqeebullah Mehsud, whose death had set off protests across the country in 2018. The police officers reportedly attempted to smash Suleman’s sculptures before stating that they would be returning to remove the work for good.”

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