Arshad Faruqi (b. 1964, Karachi) graduated with a degree in architecture from the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, in 1988. He worked with renowned Architect Habib Fida Ali and then went on to receive his Master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1992. He is a practicing architect, landscape designer and adjunct faculty member at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He lives and works in Karachi. Nurayah Sheikh Nabi (b. 1971, Rawalpindi) graduated from the National College of Art, Lahore in 1993. Her work has been exhibited both internationally as well as within Pakistan. Her recent works have been shown internationally at the Venice Biennial 2017 as part of the Imago Mundi project and at the Deck Gallery, Singapore (2016) and at the Sharjah Museum (2015). She lives and works in Karachi. Saba Iqbal (b. 1970, Karachi) received her BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA) Karachi in 1994 and then went on to do a Graduate Diploma of Communications (Interactive Multimedia Technologies) from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia in 2002. She has been part of the faculty at the IVSAA, Karachi since 2003 teaching sculpture and printmaking. Iqbal has participated in numerous shows both group and solo. She lives and works in Karachi.
The artists write of the work they created for KB17: “Though rapidly dwindling, we occasionally witness the traditional, typical milk containers, stacked one on top of the other, jam packed on vans, carts and rickshaws and even on motorbikes. Varying in size and depending on their capacities, these containers once encountered on a daily basis are now just sporadic witnesses to, and a comment on, the past. They bring forward questions on old versus new, organic versus inorganic and pure versus adulterated. It is now a reality that packaged goods enjoy most of our attention and the milk industry too has raced towards the promise of hygiene and convenience. However, the illusion of health deceives the mind and pleases the eye with brightly colored boxes readily available at stores. Does this trend for consumerism have an expiry date?”