Writing fiction in a dystopian world – A conversation with Mohammed Hanif

The Polis Project’s Francesca Recchia is in conversation with Mohammad Hanif, a fiction writer and journalist based in Karachi. An acclaimed name in South Asian literary circles, he often uses fiction to reflect upon realities oft-forgotten in the privileged mainstream. In this conversation, Hanif delves into reasons that motivate him to create fictional worlds, the … Read more

Urban conflicts and promises in Karachi – A conversation with Arif Hasan

Looking at the recent anti-encroachment drives that have targeted vulnerable communities the city, Hasan details how Karachi changed from a bustling multi-ethnic city after Independence to one blatantly favoring upper classes. He analyzes the impact of neoliberalism and private capital in determining an urban development based on project rather than plans as well as global … Read more

Reflections on Representation Ep 4 – Rethinking Pedagogy: Dignity in Representation

The elusive distance between the photographer and the photographed — is often impossible to bridge. Reflections on Representation is a conversation series hosted by the CPB Learning Lab and The Polis Project in April 2021. It brings together four photographers, educators, and visual practitioners. Ritesh Uttamchandani, Sinthujan Varathrajah, Laura Saunders, and Rishi Singhal in conversation … Read more

Reflections on Representation Ep 3 – Against Empire: Records of Resistance

The elusive distance between the photographer and the photographed — is often impossible to bridge. Reflections on Representation is a conversation series hosted by the CPB Learning Lab and The Polis Project in April 2021. It brings together four photographers, educators, and visual practitioners. Ritesh Uttamchandani, Sinthujan Varathrajah, Laura Saunders, and Rishi Singhal in conversation … Read more