Each canvas from this series was laid out in a famous area of Karachi. The pure white cloth absorbed the city for an entire day. A bright white square laid out in the middle of some of Karachi’s busiest areas. At first, people walked around it. I’d like to think out of respect. After all, such innocence and purity is hard to come by in this city. But soon after one person had disregarded this hundreds of other foot prints joined in and soon the city of Karachi had made this visitor one of its own. By the time the canvases were brought back to the studio they were covered with stains of all kinds and they smelled of Karachi. Each stain carried a story worth sharing. In the following months, I illustrated the stories of Karachi making sure to tell them as honestly as the cloth had witnessed them.


               Safwan Subzwari