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House # 39-13th St, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi (Intercommunication Devices)

A work made of inkjet print.

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  • A work made of inkjet print.

Date:

2008

Artist:

Bani Abidi
Pakistani, born 1971

About this artwork

This series of digital vector drawings from photographs addresses what Bani Abidi calls “exclusionary architec-ture,” or structures that, in her words, are “generated by heavy doses of fear that we consume daily.” Abidi photo-graphed intercoms found on the front gates of houses in the Defence neighborhood of Karachi—a housing complex built in the 1950s by the Pakistani army to house retired military personnel; it is in what is now one of Karachi’s most affluent areas. These devices mediate between the private space of the powerful and the public space of the increasingly disempowered. Presenting the intercoms as high-tech, seductive forms, Abidi underscores the seeming banality of environments constructed to contain or exclude systemic threat.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Bani Abidi

Title

House # 39-13th St, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi (Intercommunication Devices)

Place

Pakistan (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 2008

Medium

Inkjet print

Dimensions

Image/paper, sight: 40.6 × 28.1 cm (16 × 11 1/8 in.); Frame: 43.7 × 31.2 × 3.2 cm (17 1/4 × 12 5/16 × 1 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Meredith and Akhil Sharma

Reference Number

2018.151b

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