Open Call: Houses of Kal Colombo & Karachi

The Houses of Kal

The Houses of Kal in Karachi, Cololmbo and Berlin bring together art and transdisciplinary practitioners whose work explores feminist, anti-fascist, anti-racist and queer possibility. The Houses of Kal are conceived as a collective and self-organized space in the making with a public programming and publishing outlet, from May to September 2021.

The Houses of Kal summon a multiplicity of approaches to learning, sharing, healing, and co-living as a collaborative practice with the aim of fostering community and solidarity, locally and across borders. The Houses gathers and co-produces discourse and praxis at the crossings of art-making, queer and decolonial feminisms, and eco-politics with an emphasis on collaboration and care for each other’s practices.

Deadline: 30 April

The House of Kal Karachi is excited to announce an opportunity for a group of 5 emerging art-practitioners based in Karachi whose work explores feminist, anti-facist, anti-racist and queer possibility. The House of Kal Karachi is conceived as a low-residency program as well as a public programming and publishing outlet within which inhabitants will engage in sharing and contributing to a collective and self-organized space in the making from 24th May to 13th September 2021. It is an experiment in co-creating local spaces and infrastructures of support for early-career artists working across a variety of media.

The Houses of Kal are created to run concurrently in Colombo, Karachi and Berlin as part of the international art project a language where yesterday and tomorrow are the same word. Kal. The project’s name takes as inspiration the poet Fatimah Asghar’s invocation of the Hindi-Urdu word ‘kal’, which considers the past and the future interchangeable and makes it possible to unhinge dominant contours of time or being.

The Houses of Kal will summon a multiplicity of approaches to learning, sharing, healing, and co-living as a collaborative practice between emerging artists and transdisciplinary practitioners with the aim of fostering community and solidarity, locally and across borders. The Houses invite practitioners interested in discourse and praxis at the crossings of art-making, feminisms, and eco-politics with an emphasis on collaboration and care for each other’s practices.

PROGRAMMING:
Co-produced by Fiza Khatri, Sandev Handy, Aziz Sohail and The Many Headed Hydra, The House of Kal in Karachi will offer practitioners a shared studio space as well as a stipend and production budget of PKR 120,000/- each.

The House of Kal Karachi will be consistently animated by a range of curated as well as participant-led programming including the following formats:
* Studio visits by local artists to support practice development * Collaborative formats of ongoing learning and making based exchanges led by international artists
* Ongoing trans-oceanic exchanges between the Houses of Kal in Karachi, Colombo and Berlin through digital and physical formats
* Skill and knowledge sharing workshops including two-day marathons in drawing and writing
* A local field trip to a significant ecological, political, or spiritual site to engage in practical learning within the environment
* An Open Studio with the aim of sharing participants’ work with a wider audience towards the end of the residency period.
 
CRITERIA:

* Practitioners must be based in Karachi.
* No prior experience is required for participation in the House of Kal and we encourage practitioners of any age to apply.
* Participants are expected to contribute to the House of Kal as a community attending and supporting collective meetings, some programmatic activities and by proposing activities based on their own interests.
* The House of Kal Karachi welcomes communication in different languages. As “kal” is a trans*oceanic project, English will be one of the working languages. * The House of Kal is inclusive of people who self-describe outside of cis-heteronormative genders.
* The low-residency format is designed to accommodate the needs of those who cannot make the commitment to a fulltime residency program.
* Practitioners within the House of Kal Karachi will have access to the House during program hours and should be able to take a self-directed approach to their work.
 
APPLICATION:
Interested practitioners should send the following materials to:
kalkarachi@gmail.com
1. A 250 - 500 word statement outlining your interest in the project.
2. Examples of up to 5 works presented in a combined PDF of visuals and text along with brief descriptions of each project and artwork details include title, medium, dimensions, and year the work was made.
Video works should be included as links in the pdf, and applicants are also welcome to share a website address if available. Works in progress or otherwise unfinished works can also be included and should be clearly labeled as unfinished.

Deadline: 30th of April 2021

Participating practitioners will be announced on the 8th of May 2021


Shortlisted practitioners will be contacted in the first week of May and briefed on details of the residency and time commitments ahead of the announcement.

Email us for any further questions about the application process.