The work included in There, There moves back and forth between the artist’s two homes: her birthplace, Karachi, and her city of residence, Vancouver. All images were made in 120 mm and 35 mm film over the course of 2015 and 2016.
Photographing in Vancouver is part of Naveen Naqvi’s day-to-day, as she tries to find a sense of belonging in this city. The images of Karachi were made on Naqvi’s last visit there, one made for a family emergency, after her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. It was an intense period of distress and insomnia, but also love. Between hospital visits and time with family, in an attempt to find control, she photographed.
The series’ title, There, There, expresses spatial and temporal distance, speaks of dreamscapes, and also does its work as a phrase of consolation.
Like many people in today’s world, the artist has experienced at different stages of her life movement from one place to another. With it has come the loss of relationships, objects, spaces, and, indeed, lives, as each move has resulted in the end of one life and the beginning of another.
Presented in partnership with Indian Summer Festival.