The Baldia Factory Fire in Karachi in September 2012 consumed the lives of 259 factory workers, and was one of the deadliest fire incidents in Pakistan’s history.In commemoration, Adeela Suleman, Head of the Fine Arts Department at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture is organizing a multi-dimensional, interactive exhibit, at which CAP will be participating, to be held at The Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. The exhibit will run from the 08th February 2013 – 15th February 2013 and will feature the works of over 60 artists.
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan will be presenting a two-part exhibit that will include a timeline tracing the history of major fires in the country over the past 50 years. The second part will be an interactive ‘moving exhibit’ whereby the team will be wearing special T-shirts, firemen helmets and carry fire extinguishers to create awareness about fire safety. All material created for the exhibit will display concise fire safety information and emergency phone numbers.
Speaking about the exhibit and CAP’s participation Swaleha Alam Shahzada, Executive Director of CAP said “As a community-based organization, CAP will participate in the exhibition with an aim to create awareness about fire safety measures. Indeed it is important to remember such incidents where the loss of life can been avoided by highlighting safety measures, which is what our part of the exhibit aims to do.”
Indeed, CAP serves as the first ever private initiative to collect, archive, study, disseminate and exhibit all aspects of Pakistan’s history – both before and after partition. CAP aspires to develop as the foremost museum of Pakistani history, art, photography, culture, literature and historical documentation, demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the Citizen’s perspective.