The Tentative Collective is a gathering of artists, curators, teachers, architects and often, collaborators from completely different backgrounds including fishermen, housewives and domestic workers. We came together in 2011 and are based in Karachi, Pakistan.

While we work site specifically in response to the city, we are interested in engaging with its peculiar co-opting of global modernity in the rapidly transforming landscapes of the global south; in particular, the precarious urban geographies of the city and the voids it opens for groups like ours to inhabit. Navigating through these precarious urban geographies, we hope to create poetic and ephemeral moments in conversation with the city’s infrastructures, while making connections to its complex ecological and geological histories.

Our work has been presented at the Akademie der Kunste, Munich Kammerspiele,Technical University of Munich, Sarai Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, International Institute for Asian Studies & Hong Kong Baptist University, and as part of the Ancestors: Architecture of Memory program hosted by the Lahore Biennale Foundation.