Karachi LaJamia is an anti-institution based in Karachi seeking to politicise art education and collectively explore new radical pedagogies and art practices. It is a nomadic space moving outside the institution to occupy public spaces in the city as sites of study, disrupting imperial modes of knowledge production and circulation.
We attempt to make sense of the new military-state apparatus in neo-colonial times, and what it means to produce and disseminate knowledge within it, in order to better understand and imagine possibilities and strategies of resistance. Our sessions move between different sites and public spaces to allow relative freedom and fluidity to engage in political critique and collectively explore possibilities for solidarity and the politicisation of art in the institution and the city. We work closely with multiple organisations and activists to build solidarity and alliances with ongoing struggles in the city.
Karachi LaJamia was founded by Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani in 2015.