Safina Radio Project: Salima Hashmi

In the lead up to the Dhaka Art Summit 2016, Safina Radio Project, the Summit official broadcasting platform, released a series of readings from writers who took part in the Critical Writing Ensembles.

This is a reading of one of the letters written by Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz during his imprisonment between 1951 and 1955. The letters were addressed to his wife Alys, and were rediscovered by his daughter Salima Hashmi. Faiz's letter is followed by a text which Salima Hashmi wrote years later, during the 80s, when planning and visiting Faiz during his exile in Beirut.

The Critical Writing Ensembles were launched on 3 February 2016 by OCA Director Katya García-Antón together with Dhaka Art Summit Artistic Director Diana Campbell Betancourt, and are the result of a collaboration led by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Chandrika Grover (Head of Liaison Office India) with Diana Campbell Betancourt, Katya García-Antón and Bhavna Kakar (Director, Take on Art Magazine). The project is curated by Katya García-Antón, Director and Curator of OCA, with the collaboration of Antonio Cataldo, Senior Programmer of OCA.

About Safina Radio Project
The recordings were originally produced and broadcast by Safina Radio Project
Director, Anabelle de Gersigny
Commissioned by Alserkal Avenue