Manchester Art Gallery

Tentative Collective

A project exploring the politics and fictions of waste from a particular South Asian perspective.


Saturday 30 September 2017–Wednesday 31 October 2018

Exact dates and locations to be confirmed

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.

Tentative Collective is developing a project on waste as a complex ecology with particular agency, aesthetics, language and time. The project explores the politics and fictions of waste and the myriad connections between the environment/ecology and development from a particular South Asian perspective. It will be presented in Manchester in 2018. In October 2017 they will share this evolving project through public events to encourage dialogue and discussion.

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.

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Tentative Collective, The Gandi Engine Commission, 2015