Schipbreukeling – Mathieu Charles

Hira Nabi

Hira Nabi (1987, Lahore) is an artist and filmmaker who works with images and text to tell stories of the everyday. Her practice is concerned with the environment, the often unseen and a slow process of re-earthing by which she intends to shift focus away from anthropocentric stories into a more interconnected and larger witnessing of the times we live in. Her work has been shown in a number of group exhibitions including Colomboscope, 2019 and Lahore Biennale, 2018. Other venues she has shown in include: SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zürich; Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi; Extra City, Antwerp; MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Cambridge, MA; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; and the New School, New York. She has shown at film festivals including CPH:DOX, Sundance, AFI DOCS, Rencontres Internationales and Dokufest among others. She was awarded the 2020 Next Generation Prince Claus Award, and was nominated for the IDA Short Documentary Award (2021), and the Han Nefkens Foundation Award (2020). She lives and works in Lahore.

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land is situated at the Gadani ship-breaking yard in Baluchistan, Pakistan. Here, condemned vessels are taken apart by blowtorches and exacting labor. The workforce is mostly migrant, often driven to find work at the yard in desperate circumstances. They work with constant danger, salvaging high quality wood, extracting iron from the corpse of the ship, and sorting the remainder to be sold for scrap. The work locates the ship as an eventual maritime fossil that must be pulled out of the ocean to meet its end where an industry is built around the periphery of the ship as a collapsed object. This industry is unpacked as the site of contextual inquiries: into the destruction of marine ecology, the contamination of all the surrounding elements, exploitative labour practices, the invisibility of workers, a network of linked industries aggregating wealth, leading to an imbalance of power and an allegiance to profit making. 

Hira Nabi, All That Perishes, still image_1.png Still from All That Perishes at the Edge of Land by Hira Nabi Still from All That Perishes at the Edge of Land by Hira Nabi
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