Countries and culture, and the traits are often unfoundedly attached to them, are a focal part of the music. This is particularly true of Pakistan, which is associated with terror, religious fanaticism, corruption and chaos. Overall, a place that has little in common with ‘rationality’ western culture. This project aims to make clear that there is far more that unite Germany and Pakistan than divides it, even in techno music.
As part of the exhibition “From Inside to Way Out” at the HAU Berlin, Karachi Files confront these common misrepresentations with the transculturality of contemporary Pakistan. Taking cultural representations and placing them in different physical spaces avoids these stereotypical attributions. To paraphrase Homi K. Bhabha, one of the earliest post-colonial theorists, it is only in such spaces thatintercultural “play of differences” can unfold.
Released on 23 May, Karachi Files represents a significant achievement, bringing together artists from Berlin, Moldova and Pakistan in a cross-cultural collaboration. For those interested in learning more about contemporary Pakistan, HAU Berlin’s three-day event offers an introduction to the work that have occupied the artists for some time.
Karachi Files will be performing live in Berlin on the 14 May during “From Inside To Way Out“. The exhibition has a special focus on Pakistan including the works of musicians, filmmakers, photographers, journalists and artists.
By Sarah Coughlan