Transartist Honi Ryan has recently completed a 2 month residency program with The Lahore Biennale Foundation and the Goethe Institut Pakistan. Titled Urbanities, the project invited 2 Germany based artists to work in Pakistan’s two largest cities: Lahore and Karachi, as sites of urban exploration and artistic research.
Honi was based in Lahore, where she researched the complexities of being a body in public space in Pakistan through walking practice. She mounted silent group walks which were led by local women and marked with trails of marble dust. She also worked collaboratively with local architects to implement a large scale public installation of a 1200 foot temporary footpath in a central part of the city, in an area that facilitated various demographics. This project implemented a change in government urban planning policy to include functioning footpaths in the surrounding area.
The project culminated in a 4 day symposium and exhibition at Alhamra, Lahore Cultural Centre, in which Honi presented the work in a panel with international Urbanists; held a performative presentation in form of an urban walk; and made an installation of a Lahore footpath in the gallery and showed photo and video documentation of her public projects. During her residency, Honi also taught performance art at the National College of Art in Lahore, and gave artist talks and critiques at two universities.
Performance link: https://www.goethe.de/ins/pk/en/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=20872010
Artist website: www.honiryan.net