Karachi: We often witness hate slogans and offensive remarks on the walls of Karachi. What really could make a difference is seeing paint-splattered walls instead of betel-spattered.
LOVE-SMEARED WALLS OF KARACHI
The sound of paint scraping from the walls did cause some protests and confusions in the onlookers. But as soon as the task was done, the cluster of young artists working busily on the walls caused both awe and pride in them.
Karachi is a city divided not only on sectarian basis, but also politically and religiously. These differences are evidently reflected on the walls of Karachi, with hate slogans scribbled all over them, or derisive remarks against political parties. Some even consider them a free billboard for their advertisement.
In times like these, Indus Valley of school of arts and architecture students, along with the Visual studies students from the University of Karachi, and other schools, took it upon themselves to return the long-lost colors to their beloved city.
The City of light regained its luster and vibrancy when these talented artists displayed their prowess on the walls. Their art work ranged from stencil work and catchy patterns to abstract art and graffiti.
The mastermind behind the project of ‘Re-claiming the walls of Karachi’ was Adeela Suleman, the head of Fine Arts Department at Indus Valley University, in collaboration with I am Karachi. As per Adeela, “Munawwar Ali Syed is working on the Stencil art project along with his team of 15 artists. So far, we have covered the walls of Hassan Square, Civic center, Saddar, M.T Khan Road, Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Air port and Kala Pull.”
Interestingly, it is not just the university students on the Mission-Re-claim-Karachi-Walls, but schools students too. Under the project of ‘Bachchoun se Tabdeeli’, several schools are putting effort to revamp their city walls under the guidance of Rabiya Jalil and Shahana Rajani.
Moreover, about 1000 walls have been painted thus far and surprisingly, there has been not been any tampering from anyone. However, Adeela is of the opinion that it is so because re-painting an already painted wall requires more effort and paint.
The public has congratulated the youth on their remarkable effort for inducing positivity in Karachi in these times of turmoil.