THE EMPTY BENCH


Single Channel Video
Length: 14:34 min
Produced: The Netherlands, Pakistan, England
Language: English / Urdu
Year: 2019
Website ︎︎︎
“Dear all, I cannot even begin to explain how it felt to hear the news, It was important to me that both sides of my family would come together again… Does everyone remember what the grass in our old garden looked like?”

Comprising a 14 minute film featuring a collaborative photographic series and installation ‘The Empty Bench’ is set around the event of an unpredictable family reunion which would take place in Karachi, Pakistan after ten absent years. Set against the domestic backdrop of family gardens and drying laundry, three months of phone calls and alternate means of photographic communication, the complexities of daily life are slowly revealed through various perspectives and intimate atmospheres of a migrant’s persistent struggle of being part of a familial bond, which is disjointed and spread around the globe. Though the physical distance and long-term absence have direct consequences on their personal lives and relationships, they simultaneously manage to stay intertwined.





THE EMPTY BENCH


Single Channel Video
Length: 14:34 min
Produced: The Netherlands, Pakistan, England
Language: English / Urdu
Year: 2019
Website ︎︎︎


“Dear all, I cannot even begin to explain how it felt to hear the news, It was important to me that both sides of my family would come together again… Does everyone remember what the grass in our old garden looked like?”

Comprising a 14 minute film featuring a collaborative photographic series and installation ‘The Empty Bench’ is set around the event of an unpredictable family reunion which would take place in Karachi, Pakistan after ten absent years. Set against the domestic backdrop of family gardens and drying laundry, three months of phone calls and alternate means of photographic communication, the complexities of daily life are slowly revealed through various perspectives and intimate atmospheres of a migrant’s persistent struggle of being part of a familial bond, which is disjointed and spread around the globe. Though the physical distance and long-term absence have direct consequences on their personal lives and relationships, they simultaneously manage to stay intertwined.


© Copyright Nael Quraishi 2021
© Copyright Nael Quraishi 2021