Ecologies of Displacement Residency, 2021-22

In early 2021 Pakistani artist Farrukh Addnan and I were selected to take part in Ecologies of Displacement a international visual arts residency hosted by Koel Gallery, in Karachi Pakistan, and Summerhall, in Edinburgh, Scotland. which received support through a British Council and Creative Scotland Connect and Collaborate grant. In November 2020 Farrukh and I had met through Koel Gallery’s online exhibition Landscape of Memory curated by Sana Bilgrami and Meliha Peracha which showcased the work of 5 Scottish and 5 Pakistani artists. Farrukh and I were selected for Ecologies of Displacement as promising artists exploring similar themes in diverse ways in our work.

Ecologies of Displacement was a nine-month digital collaboration between Farrukh and I alongside mentoring sessions and bespoke skills workshops. We also developed bodies of work for the exhibition Ecologies of Displacement at Koel Gallery (January 2022) which travelled to Summerhall in August 2022. The residency also included travel to our respective countries for an in-person collaboration. I travelled to Pakistan in January 2022 and Farrukh came to Scotland in September 2022.