Academy for Democracy

    LVS 2019

    Infrastructural Development: Fragile-scapes, fragmented lives

    Infrastructural development such as roads and bridges promise mobility, change and development offering opportunities for populations that were otherwise restricted, remote or disconnected from the contemporary world. However, they also have the capacity to organize and govern the political, social, cultural and economic lives of inhabitants and their environment. In addition to the opportunities and possibilities offered by infrastructures, their destructive potential for marginalized communities and indigenous landscapes cannot be ignored. This ambivalent nature of infrastructures will be explored in Laajverd Visiting School 2019 located in Gwadar, a coastal town in south-west Pakistan. Gwadar is currently being developed as a strategically located port city on the southern tip of CPEC, connecting China to the warm waters of the Arabian sea. It is an old

    trading town with historic links across the Arabian sea and Indian ocean where local lives revolve around the fishing business locally known as ‘mahigeeri’. The newly introduced Gwadar City and Port Masterplan will disrupt and displace fisherfolk communities who have for decades lived and thrived in this land and in these waters. Through participatory workshops and mapping strategies, LVS will explore the socio-economic and cultural landscapes of fisherfolk, including potential opportunities for local community to develop alongside the etho-ecologies of land life and water that compose the hammerhead peninsula known as Gwadar.

    LVS 2019 is co-led by Nishat Awan and Zahra Hussain and funded by the Research and Enterprise Committee, GCRF Fund of Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Participants

    Zakia Takseem

    Graduated in Bachelors degree of Architecture and Design, I have been always interested to know the language of expressions, celebrations and customs through element of arts by using tangible and intangible means of different communities. Explorations through traveling is always been my strong interest and documenting the while journey through my camera is always been my passion to immortalize those moments. To explore the terms of infrastructural development and fragile living as main aspect are going to give me a lot of learning to read those communities of Gwadar with different perspectives to understand needs of living patterns to give better solutions for future needs.

    Yumna Sadiq

    Yumna has done Bachelors in Fine Arts from National College of Arts and contemporary visual arts program from Funen Art Academy. She is an artist who loves to collect stories from different parts of Pakistan. She is interested in observing and documenting the cultural practices, customs and folklore of the fisherfolk communities.

    Ayesha Kamal Bhatti

    Ayesha is a Multimedia Artist and an Academician. With her Bachelors(2002-2005), Masters(2010-2012) and four year work experience from National College of Arts, she is currently working as an Assistant Professor of at the Department of Design ( Multimedia Arts) at the School of Art, Design and Architecture , University of Gujrat since 2012.

    Daniyal Awan

    I’m in the second year at LUMS studying Economics as a major and history as a minor. I’ve always had a keen interest in the development sector and aspire to make Pakistan a better place for all communities that reside in this multicultural land. I have a passion for reading books and researching about the subcontinent, the mughals and our historical background. I take part in many public speaking competition and currently started coaching my former school for Model UNs.

    Sana Riaz

    Sana has a Master of Urban Planning degree in International Development from New York University and a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences. Sana is a recent recipient of the Netherland Fellowship at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development in Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has previous experience at The Urban Unit of the Punjab Government, NYU Marron Institute, New York City Mayor’s Office and United Nations Development Programme. Curious about how people interact with space, her interests are in community & skill development, city livability, clean environment, adequate housing, urban growth, open data and municipal finance.

    Mishele Ijaz

    Mishele is an Architect and an Urban Planner, currently employed at the Urban Unit of the Planning and Development department. She is also a visiting faculty at Architecture department at the National College of Arts, and co-founder of a voluntary association titled ‘Nigraan-e-Lahore’. Her research interests lie in the field of local development practices, in particular, the study of economic structures and how they impact the livelihoods of participants of the informal economy.

    Faiza Jamali

    I recently did my bachelor’s in Environmental sciences from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University (SBKWU) Quetta. I am very passionate girl with surprising personality. I have very strong communication skills that’s what making my life a bit easy. LVS is for sure my first ever exposure trip and I have strong urge to learn, explore, experience and discover more and more about my culture, as well as to discover myself within this journey.

    Ayesha Saddiqua

    I am an associate editor at Indus News and an MPhil Political Science student at FCCU. I hope to learn and make most of the summer workshop.

    Daniyal Khizer

    In 2015 after my first LVS I got opportunity to learn, explore and document my mother land and also come to know about how this newly developing revenue generating tourism activity is destroying the culture and landscape of my land. But this school also gave me an opportunity to develop smart solutions to help and support my land and people and later this knowledge got more flourish in last 3 years during my research in the other regions of Pakistan.

    Batool Ali

    I am currently a second year undergrad student at the department of Cultural Studies in National College of Arts, Lahore. I am determined, confident, sociable, adventurous and love to travel. I have been part of LVS team since the beginning in 2014; from Hunza to Kashmir, Naran –Kaghan valley to Gulmit this year. Having researched in the past on transforming food culture in Hunza, indigenous herbal medicine in Neelum, impacts of tourism and sustainable development in Kaghan Valley, I aim to go with an open-mind and see what the field has to offer.

    Asim Rafiqui

    Asim is an independent writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, Harper’s, Stern, National Geographic (France) and other international publications and has reported from Haiti, Iraq, India, Pakistan, USA, Afghanistan, and Palestine among other places. Asim was a Fulbright Fellow and an Aftermath Grant awardee to India, where he worked on the “Idea of India” project. In 2012 He was awarded an Open Society Fellowship for his long-term project about the law in Pakistan. He is currently pursuing a Phd at the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the co-founder of the humanities collective The Polis Project, and also authors the blog “The Spinning Head” blog”

    Rida Zainab Gulzari

    I’m from Quetta and I belong to the Hazara community. I’m currently enrolled in Bachelor’s degree program of Mass Communication and it’s my 6th semester and interested in photo journalism and citizen journalism. I’ve been in a residency program in Lahore and it is my second exposure trip. I like traveling and going to new places and I believe a person can learn more by practical works than reading books only.

    Sabrina Toppa

    Sabrina is an independent researcher and journalist in Lahore interested in migration, gender, and communities on the periphery. Her work has been published in The Guardian, TIME Magazine, NBC News, and the Washington Post, among other outlets. In 2016, she was a Panos South Asia fellow in Migrant Labor researching Pakistani migrant communities in the Gulf and at Jordan’s garment factories. Her reporting on Pakistani migrant workers on death row in Saudi Arabia was published in the 2018 anthology “Uncertain Journeys: Labour Migration from South Asia” and was awarded the 2018 Humanitarian Reporting Award from the International Committee of the Red Cross and IBA’s Centre for Excellence in Journalism. She studied South Asia and Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA.

    Mariam Iqbal Desai

    I did my Bachelors in Media Sciences from Szabist university 2017. I work on didn’t projects such as TVC, DVC, Documentaries and Travel videos. My first trip to the Northern areas was when I went with the Laajverd Visiting School where they built a Museum “Heritage Museum Laspur” and I made a short documentary for them from October 2017 till April 2018.
    I have also worked as cinematographer for the UNHCR Pakistan, Mahira Khan being their goodwill ambassador, in collaboration with Shoot Karlain, September 2018.