LAHORE - Artistic Director Rashid Rana is taking the discussion about the Lahore Biennale 2017 to the United States in May, the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) announced yesterday.

Rana will be giving a talk at the World Bank in Washington DC, today (Friday).

The Lahore Biennale chalked out a significant agenda; it puts primary focus on the public, striving to implement a format that molds itself into the cityscape and vice versa. In shaping the Biennale to converse with the spatial, temporal and functional structures of Lahore, LBF inevitably challenges the scope of the normative. It acts as a force seeking to reestablish a dialogue between the arts and public that possibly transcends national boundaries, potentially introducing alternative discourses around Pakistan internationally.

The presentation and conversation at the World Bank is at the invitation of Pakistan Bank Fund and the World Bank Art Program. Qudsia Rahim, Executive Director of the Lahore Biennale Foundation, will also be joining Rana at this event to present the foundation’s undertakings to date.

Scheduled to take place in November 2017, the foundation’s first biennale hopes to critical breakthroughs in the ways that visual expression can be produced, experienced and examined within the city.

“It is my desire that we create something, which generates ideas for a larger discourse in the art world and yet remains relevant to a large number of audiences from Lahore. I am working on an idea that goes beyond ‘Public Art’; the city serves not just as a site but also as the medium,” Rashid Rana said.

The aim is to create a biennale ‘without walls’ in every sense of the word to challenge the parameters of both the biennale format and the discipline of art itself.” The scope of LBF includes the many forms of visual expression and experience.

Established in 1997, the World Bank Art Program manages, protects and preserves the permanent art collection of the World Bank, in addition to organizing temporary exhibitions and educational programs. Today, the World Bank collection contains over 6,000 works of art from about 150 countries and focuses on emerging artists from World Bank member countries.