Manchester Art Gallery

Tentative Collective

Tentative Collective’s projects are lived engagements with the sensory and social architectures of the city.


Saturday 30 September 2017–Sunday 30 September 2018

Exact dates and locations to be confirmed

Tentative Collective is zooming in on a workshop in Karachi where three brothers, the third generation of Ahmeddin and Sons, continue to make immaculately hand crafted caps, while the city speeds and moves elsewhere. The project, presented in the form of a performance lecture, engages with notions of progress and development, shifting economies (past and present), and with the changing pace of a globalised neoliberal city. Amid all this, where do the three Ahmeddin brothers stand?

Tentative Collective are based in Karachi. Their work has been presented internationally, including the Kunstraum Bethanien Berlin, Akademie der Kunste, Kammerspiele Munich, Technical University Munich, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and as part of the Ancestors: Architecture of Memory program hosted by the Lahore Biennale Foundation.

Tentative Collective’s projects are lived engagements with the sensory and social architectures of the city. Navigating through rapidly changing urban geographies, they create poetic and ephemeral moments in conversation with the city’s infrastructures and comment on the conditions of modernity in everyday life. They are a group of artists, curators, teachers and architects and strive to be collaborative, site sensitive, and open to a diverse range of participants.

Find out more about the South Asia art and culture programme 2017-18

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Tentative Collective 2017


Supported by

Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust