There, There // Naveen Naqvi
Naveen Naqvi is a Pakistani woman, born in Karachi and grown up in the small oil refinery town of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia where her parents moved when she was three. At fifteen, she returned with her family to her city of birth, and this is where she completed her schooling. Since then she has lived in Islamabad, Delhi, spent some time in New York, and she’s now in Vancouver.
She has worked in broadcast journalism as Producer Pakistan for NBC News and as a senior anchor and reporter at DawnNews. She has also written for various national and international publications. For her own venture, Gawaahi, She made videos for awareness and advocacy. Prior to television news, she was an actor, talk show host and model. Her poetry was published in the AlHamra Literary Review. Her first experience of photography from shoot to dark room was at age 14 with black and white film and a Yashica camera.
She is interested in issues of movement, belonging, loss and the impermanence of things. As we, the world, we in the world are in a constant state of hurtling ‘forward,’ her photographs and writing come from a need to understand what it means to be in this time.
“I made these pictures on my last visit to my birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan; it was a family emergency that took me there, as my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. In between hospital visits and time with family, in an attempt to find control, I photographed. The title of the series: ‘There, There’ expresses spatial and temporal distance, speaks of dreamscapes, and also does its work as a phrase that offers consolation.
Like many people in today’s world I have experienced at different stages of my life, movement from one place to the other. With it has come the loss of relationships, objects, spaces and indeed, lives as each move has resulted in the end of one life and the beginning of another. Now I am in Vancouver, and while I am content, loved, this is also the farthest I have been from my brothers and my parents, leaving me longing for them as I try to find a sense of belonging (I think often of how “belonging” holds within it “longing”) in my new home.”
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