Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay (Translation: The Shadow Over our Flag), a project co-curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Abdullah Qureshi, involved a series of exhibitions and talks in Lahore and Karachi. Tackling issues of marginalization and minority politics in Pakistan, the project looked at ethnic, religious and gendered communities in the country.
Starting in Lahore, the inaugural exhibition took place at Gallery 39K, in conjunction with the 6th International THAAP Conference, from 6 - 18 November 2015. Responding to political and social issues at the time, the presented artworks looked at a broad range of themes, including: the Kasur incident (a child abuse scandal), violence against the Shite community, the role of the state and military, and failures of nationalism. Working with Justice Project Pakistan, the exhibition also included paintings by two prisoners on death row penalty, and through the Young Street Photographers project by Bhutto, nearly 25 children photographers from Karachi’s Neelum and Shah Rasool Colonies.
Artists: Nad-e-Ali, Farida Batool, Mohan Das, Rabi Georges, Aneeq Haider, Ayaz Jokhio, Adnan Ali Manganhar, Ahmed Ali Manganhar, Justice Project Pakistan, Ali Sultan, and Young Street Photographers.
In Karachi, exhibitions and talks took place at:
Jamshed Memorial Hall: Maryam Hasnain and Aysha Bilal.
The Second Floor (T2F): Ali Imani, screening of 'Chupan Chupai' by Saadat, and a talk by Kami Sid.
71 Clifton: Young Street Photographers.
Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture (IVS): Aneeq Haider, Faiza Butt, Farida Batool, Nad-e-Ali, Ahmed Ali Manganhar, Adnan Ali Manganhar, Ayaz Jokhio, Misha Abbas, Mohan Das, Hira Nabi, Samreen Sultan, Sarah Kazmi.