A photography and cultural exhibition
by Green Crescent Trust
with the support of Alliance française de Karachi
27th February – 1st March
The Thar Photography Expedition was a part of “Tharparkar: Beautiful & Misunderstood - a cultural and photography exhibition” organized by Green Crescent Trust (GCT) in collaboration with Alliance Française.
GCT took a mix of eight young photographers and three filmmakers to Thar and exposed them to the people, culture & lifestyle, landscape and hardships of the people living there. The photographers also observed the brilliant initiative taken up by GCT to provide basic education and sustainable water supply to some of the most deserving villages in the desert, where they met and photographed men, women and children in their homes. The photographers also got a chance to interact with brave women and young girls who sometimes had to travel as many as two kilometers to fetch a single pail of drinking water for their families.
- Grand opening : Friday 27th February, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
in the presence of Mr. François Dall’Orso, Consul General of France
and the photographers: Alifiyah Imani, Saqib Shams, Sameel Noman Qureshi, Aizaz Tahir, Zahid Suleman, Ghalib Hasnain, Sarah Sandragné (representative of the AF during the expedition), Saad Zuberi (GCT’s PR Manager)
- The exhibition will be open to public from 28th February-1st March, with an extended display of photographs for two weeks.
The photography will be up for sale, and the photographers intend to donate a large percentage of the proceeds to GCT’s cause.
Two of the photographers – Ghalib Hasnain and Saqib Shams – will also hold a workshop for amateur photographers on the afternoon of 1st March. The proceeds from this workshop will also go to GCT’s Thar schools funds.
- One of the main aims of this whole project is to raise awareness about the plight of the downtrodden and forgotten people of Tharparkar, and ultimately attract generous donors and philanthropists who will join hands with GCT to help them in 2015 and beyond.
27th February to 1st March
- 27 February, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Private opening in the patio (on invitation).
In the presence of Mr. François Dall’Orso, Consul General of France
Mr Zahid Saeed (CEO Green Crescent Trust), Guest speaker (coming soon), Mr Eric Touzé (Cultural & Library Manager) and All 8 photographers.
Screening of a short film by The Editor’s Cut – a documentary on GCT’s ongoing work in Thar and the Thar Photography Expedition.
Elements of the exhibitions:
Photography exhibition by 8 burgeoning photographers who visited Tharparkar with GCT (meeting with photographers from 5-8pm on all three days)
Art exhibition on Tharparkar as they see it by children of GCT’s Hilal Public Schools in Tharparkar
Performances by the Thari folk musician Sabagho Khas-Kheli (between 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on all three days)
Live display of skills by Thari artisans: Ghaj (traditional embroidered Thari dresses), Rulli (patchwork dresses, bedsheets etc.) and hand-woven shawls (between 5-8pm on all three days)
- 28 February, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Public opening of the exhibitions, Live display and performances (free entrance).
Extended till 1st March
- 1st March, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Photography workshop in the Conference hall
- 2nd March - 13th March
Continuation of the photography and children art exhibitions in the patio and the library
Green Crescent Trust is a registered charity that has been working towards alleviating illiteracy from Sindh for almost 20 years. The trust is currently providing education to some 23,000 deserving children through their network of 128 plus Hilal Public Schools throughout the province.
GCT also runs other philanthropic initiatives including an Orphan Support Program (OSP), a Center for Educational Research & Development (CERD) for teacher-training, as well as The Water Projects in Tharparkar.
GCT currently runs four full-fledged schools in Mithi, Islamkot, Chachro & Diplo in Tharparkar where over a thousand children receive primary and secondary education. In one year, The Water Project by GCT has provided sustainable water supply to 30,000 people in 170 villages, and they hope to double this number by the summer of 2015.