'The case of forgotten memories'

Death in a city like Karachi, under The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is an exercise in wrapping up lives that leaves no space for encapsulating memories. You are born to die, the life you live is a brief interlude – almost as if you walk into a transit lounge waiting to catch a flight except you have no clue what the schedule is. The rituals dictated by the state sanctioned religion tie up shrouds that take away all dimensions of complex, layered lives. The living are an anomaly of nature anyway hence grief and mourning is monitored on a severe time scale of three days. Beyond that, all you have to do is remember to forget. Add to this a city steeped in violence where a bullet aimed for no one in particular can strike you mid sentence. The hope of a goodbyes erased in a sudden strike and you end up at most a mark on paper. The project hence aims to encapsulate the the imprints that are left behind, memories that transcend time and space. It seals the intrinsic value of any life lived – memories that refuse to go away. It unwraps mortality, encases it in a clear space so that the living can look through and remember. It does away with the finality of strictly monitored goodbyes. You have a safe place now to keep hat is sacred, the narratives that intertwined with your life once. It gives the living all the chances they deserve to celebrate, mourn and keep imprints beyond the physical intact.The material used is glass and concrete. It rises above the ground, the clear glass hiding what is yours in plain sight and giving you a chance to keep it rooted on the ground with concrete. The glass case opens to stories of what were previously lists.


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