Museum of Non-Participation
Vasl Artists Collective
Karachi Pakistan
2008
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  • The Museum of Non Participation was developed after two residencies at Vasl in Karachi, Pakistan. Vasl Artists Collective is an artist-led residency and project programme that is part of the Triangle Arts Trusts South Asia Network, a network that also includes Khoj in India and Britto in Bangladesh. In Karachi, the Museum of Non Participation was a museum of gesture constituted by workshops, a newspaper, street interventions and public events. Supported by the Artangel Interaction Programme, the Museum of Non Participation was greatly influenced by its collaborations with artists, activists and critical thinkers, including:

    Rachel Anderson, Naiza Khan, Auj Khan, Adeela Suleman, Faisal Siddiqui, Arif Hasan, Seema Nusrat

    As well as the changing social and political landscape of that time including:

    The lawyers movement:

    The name given to the popular mass protest movement started by the lawyers of Pakistan in response to the dictatorial actions of 9 March 2007, by the country's military dictator General Pervez Musharraf, when he unconstitutionally sacked Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

    The 2008 Mumbai attacks:

    Twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, India's largest city by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant organisation.