Packing Pakistan

David Greg Harth, an interactive visual artist from New York, invited the audience members at T2F to bring a memorabilia of Karachi for him to pack in a suitcase to take back home.

Harth said, “he expected nothing” from the audience but received paintings, coins, prayer mats and matchsticks as some objects by the end of the night.

Harth intends to take the suitcase back to New York where he will compile a book composed of photographs of these objects and the meaning it holds for the person and will send each contributor a signed copy of the book.

The event, which took place on January 15, was a brief showcase of Harth’s short films, photography and videos.

Notably, he always had the element of human interaction, for he believes that art does not exist without the viewer.

His work varies from one where he had people order a preserved cat with his credit card to handing out edited dollar bills.

Harth takes to engaging people in conversation about issues that matter in his work. In 2008, he traveled to a small town in Palestine, which involved him balancing on a rope that held him together with a rock and the act of strangers in Palestine pulling his weight over.

Similarly, in his performance at T2F, he sought out to understand the meaning of the different objects that were given to him from the audience. He points out that “even if our countries seemed to be at war, we are all human after all.”

Text by Taahira Booya/



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Nauman Jan 28, 2014 01:06am

Thanks for sharing, it is pleasant to see how people living abroad have thinking beyond the basic necessities. They think about ideas, culture, peace, humanity; things with no boundaries. I wish someday our people will alike, they will start to think beyond the horizon of race, colour, religion and violence. They will live in peace and people around the globe will come to visit us without fear in their mind.

Ghazi Jan 28, 2014 08:00am

Glad to hear of something like this happening in Pakistan. I thank David deeply for taking this initiative and opening up this positive channel of communication between different cultures. We humans have a lot more in common than we give ourselves credit for. I hope that avenues such as those of art, science and technology can broaden our collective horizons and help us realize that we are all very much the same at heart. People like David and the Karachites with whom he has been working convince me that there is still hope for this world. Faith in humanity restored!

Talpur Jan 29, 2014 12:44pm

Sounds lovely.