Ajam Media Collective

Naskh va Taaliq, 2020
Public performance, 10 day workshop with participants from Iran and Pakistan

Naskh va Taaliq is a 10-day workshop bringing together artists and scholars from Iran and Pakistan to explore artistic and intellectual threads that bind them. The workshop includes a residency focused on ethnographic research at Sufi shrines in Lahore, spaces that draw together threads – linguistic, aesthetic, architectural, sensory, musical – that highlight lost or forgotten links between Persia and the Subcontinent. Public events will be held focusing on shared forms of art and culture – calligraphy, religious music, and poetry – and the workshop will conclude with a panel. The title of the workshop,“Naskh va Taaliq” refers to the nastaaliq script, which is composed of two words: Naskh, meaning “version”, and Taaliq, “interruption,” referring both to continuity and linkage as well as rupture. By drawing these words apart, the title points to how nastaaliq, the script commonly used in both Iran and Pakistan, brings them together even as the words point to the existing separation between them- as evidenced in the different roles nastaaliq plays in both countries today. By conjoining these two words intentionally with “va,” we hope to not only explore lost linkages between Iran and Pakistan but create new ones in the process.




Commissioned by Lahore Biennale Foundation
In-kind support provided by Hast-o-Neest