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The Tetley Collaborates With Karachi Biennale
Mahbub Jokhio, 2016. Nobody Writes to Islam Chacha! Archival print on photographic paper, 40x60 inches
Mahbub Jokhio : In The City Of Lost Times : 9th February 2018 - 22nd April 2018

In The City of Lost Times is Pakistani artist Mahbub Jokhio’s first solo show in the UK. Also fascinated with public spaces that have a very private dimension, Jokhio’s work has recently focussed on graveyards in Pakistan. Graveyards in Pakistan are frequently seen as spaces solely for the dead, and are not often visited beyond funerals and burials.

However, Mahbub Jokhio suggests they should be places where both the living and the dead can co-exist. His work presents images of everyday mundane acts with different characters in graveyards; proposing that these are places where life can not only happen, but is perhaps brighter in contrast to their surroundings.

Mahbub Jokhio, 2016. My love is a missing person, Archival print on photographic paper, 40x42 inches
Through photography and film, In The City of Lost Times considers notions of longing, love, grief and memory; the inseparability of life from death and representations of identity.

Mahbub Jokhio has recently completed a residency at Gasworks, London. He is interested in the nature of images; in their claims to objectivity and their ability to manipulate meaning and perception. He says that “when there is no objective reality, images might lie more truthfully”.

For Jokhio, an image is like a complex sentence; full of signs, symbols and indexes that could either reveal, conceal or manipulate its content and context. Working in various mediums his investigations often incorporate irony and dark humour and self-referential critiques that locate and decode the image’s capacity to mediate reality.

Mahbub Jokhio’s exhibition is a co-commission with the Karachi Biennale, and is a part of the New North and South; a three-year programme of activity across eleven arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia.


Madiha Aijaz : These Silences Are All The Words : 9th February 2018 - 22nd April 2018

Madiha Aijaz, These Silences are all the Words, 2017. Karachi Bienniale display, 01_ 4k colour, single channel video projection with sound. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley
Madiha Ajaz’s first solo show in the UK centres around the Pakistani-based artist’s most recent work exploring the public libraries of Karachi. From an historic Theosophical library to venues that house a community hall and library, Aijaz sees these spaces as a lens to view the changing landscape of Karachi. Pakistan’s most populous city, Karachi is also the country’s most linguistically, ethnically and religiously diverse.

The central film work, titled These Silences Are All the Words, 2017, focuses on the Bedil Library – named after the famed poet from the state of Bihar in undivided India. The librarians and the library’s users reflect on the city outside the library’s walls and the shift of language from Urdu and its poetic and literary history, to the current prevalence of English in the postcolonial environment.

Aijaz works with photography, film and fiction, exploring how pleasure and entertainment are experienced in public spaces. Ajaz has photographed and filmed travelling melas, devotional towns, public libraries and railways, capturing spaces and communities that have become peripheral to civic life, but which by tenacity and chance continue to survive.

Aijaz’s film These Silences Are All the Words, 2017, and accompanying photographs have been co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial, and Karachi Biennale, Pakistan’s first biennial of contemporary art, and is a part of the New North and South; a three-year programme of activity across eleven organisations from the North of England and South Asia. This work for the exhibition was developed during Aijaz’s ROSL Arts residency at Hospital field in Arbroath.

The Tetley Collaborates With Karachi Biennale, 3rd January 2018, 14:28 PM