Wagging Tongues Productions, a UK based company dedicated to realising projects in arts, design, ﬁlm and performing arts, proudly presents the Pakistan Pavilion titled “Aangan” (Courtyard) at the upcoming 2 nd edition of the London Design Biennale scheduled to take place from 4 th to 23 rd September 2018 at the prestigious Somerset House.
A highlight on the global cultural calendar, the Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and
ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in the capital to celebrate the universal power
of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to represent Pakistan’s design at the London Design Biennale
this year” said Mariam Majid, Co-Founder Wagging Tongues Productions. She added, “The Pakistan
Pavilion titled “Aangan” (Courtyard) is a sculptural installation occupying one of the most impressive
rooms at Somerset House. Over one hundred cotton garments, hand embroidered and hand stitched by
female artisans will construct a rising helix to a height of almost 4 metres. Interactive film projections will
create an immersive experience for the visitors as they walk around and through the installation. Through
the language of design and craft, Aangan will celebrate the pivotal role of women in the textile industry.
Indeed the installation of the Pakistan Pavilion has been created in Pakistan by local artisan and via local
textiles that are manufactured locally. For this Wagging Tongues Productions have collaborated with the
Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering rural women by providing life skills
that could prove to be opportunities towards attaining economic and material goods. For “Aangan”, 60
women from Kaarvan have diligently worked for 2 months contributing to an installation that will portray a
positive and progressive image of the country on the global stage. In addition to this, for the immersive
experience, film projection alongside computational art and original sound design has all been originated
to a large extent from Pakistan.
This year’s theme at the Biennale focuses on, ‘Emotional States’ which has been chosen to provoke a broad interpretation across design disciplines, with immersive and engaging installations that interrogate
how design affects every aspect of people’s lives – the way we live and how we live – but also influences
our very being, emotions and experiences. Together over 40 countries and cities responding to the theme
will present an exciting laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design,
strong emotional responses and real social needs.