The statement released by the group was signed by major artists, activists, and academics from around the country such as Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Scheherzade Junejo, Shehzil Malik and many more.
The letter shunned the organisation for not supporting the very artists it endorsed and provided a platform to, as KB dismissed Suleman’s artwork as an unwarranted political statement, clearly taking the easier route and making the “cowardly decision to abide by the shadow state”, it said.
“We believe KB’s rhetoric is incredibly dangerous because it is creating false divisions between the art, public and politics. We reject KB’s attempts to separate politics from art and public space,” said the statement.
The artwork in question was curated by Adeela Suleman and called ‘The Killing Fields of Karachi”, where she set up 444 gravestones to represent each victim of extrajudicial killings carried out by former Malir SSP Rao Anwar.