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Invoking the presence of jinns to explore  the textures and toxicities of air, Safarnama (2020) activates natural and sacred  worlds to pay attention to the intimacy of toxic colonialisms. Borrowing its  name from and referencing the history of  travel literature produced in the Islamic  world, Safarnama traces the journey of a  jinn traveling through the emerging, extractive infrastructures of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. We turn to  these otherworldly beings of air and fire  to disrupt colonial protocols of seeing  and knowing, to rewire our experiential  modes, and to stretch open the possibility of witnessing at a time of heightened  policing and repression. The jinn that  we seek challenges the state project of  erasure. Subsisting below the threshold  of official state narratives, the jinn at- tunes us to the entanglements between  sacred, human and ecological worlds.

Sound piece, 23 min 20 sec

Original sound design and audio mixing by Mudassir Sheikh; two channel sound design at Khoj Studios by Baan G.

Music played by Taj Mohammad and Abdul Hameed Baloch

Wall Illustration at Khoj Studios by Mohd. Intiyaz

Commissioned and produced by Khoj International Artists’ Association and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) for st_age

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