Title: We Ate the Birds – A Study of Urban Disasters
I am seeking funding for a book I am working on called “We Ate the Birds – A Study of Urban Disasters.” Copies will be distributed to universities, schools and libraries across Pakistan. Additionally the book will accompany an exhibition of contemporary art works at Koel Gallery in Karachi.
Pakistan is the eight most vulnerable country in the world affected by climate change. With variations in weather patterns, and unplanned development, its coastal areas are the most threatened. This climate and environmental degradation has become even more obvious recently with the substantial decline of migratory birds. Our publication will highlight the severity of the destruction our ecosystem faces and aims to draw attention to the connection between our environment and urban planning through understanding the importance of birds and bird conservation.
Birds play a crucial role in the overarching functionality of our ecosystems. With major cities in Pakistan witnessing, what many would consider urban development, it becomes imperative to imagine what the ravaged landscapes might look like from a bird’s-eye view. These development projects are met with enthusiasm by the government, which furthers the developer’s interests by chopping down more trees, forests of mangroves, and reclaiming wetlands to make room for concrete. It does not stop there. Permits for hunting endangered bird species are such as the Houbara Bustard are issued blatantly, leading to a rapid decline in their numbers.
The aim of We Ate the Birds is to emphasise the importance of thinking through and engaging with birds, in the hope that this dialogue will help radicalise and make critical our interaction with the landscape. The book will include extensive and in-depth essays and contemporary artworks by eighteen renowned and upcoming artists.