I ♥ KHI

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/11/banner_khi-thumb.jpg

A rip-off of the ‘I ♥ NY’, but effective nevertheless. This particular graffiti was pointed out by Saba and Sundas in a post on another graffiti appearing on the city walls.

This particular movement is called the Suma Project V: Loving Karachi. The founder of the project has this to say:

As a mega-metropolis in the world today, KHI must present herself as a dramatic, defiant, self-conscious, independent and nurturing mother whose beauty lies in the fact that she is so unconditionally loved by her inhabitants. “I LOVE KHI” is a means of appropriating the city for oneself, for ones family, as our own. First, there was the word; then it was just the writing on the wall.

For some, this may be nothing more than a bunch of rich kids from the posh areas in Karachi going around spray painting on the city streets, but I see it as a heightened sense of responsibility from a class of people who are accused of not caring about what happens in this country being well provided themselves. It also goes to show how more and more people are taking ownership of the city. It is movements like these that should come to characterize Karachi rather than being viewed as a city caught in turmoil and violence. It also provides a glimmer of hope for those who’ve given it up:

I LOVE KHI is not only for the melancholic, for those trying to swim upstream in their river of nostalgia; but for those who find themselves in the new KHI–a strong, self-affirming city full of possibility, attracting hundreds of thousands from other parts of the country; our only true melting pot, where life is currently knotted but charged. Karachi is drunk with business opportunities, tele-communications, internet and real-estate deals abound, the service industry has finally awakened and we are most certainly entertained.

26 Comments so far

  1. STRIKER (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    no doubt …i love khi


  2. aaxz (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    Its good in some places. But ive seen some of the graffiti which has been either too much in one particular place or they’ve done it on walls or curbs which otherwise were clean.

    If need to express some love, dont over do it.


  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    Putting up such graffati on others’ properties is not no public service, and it is not right to express your love on others’ expense –

    I suggest don be part of all those who we detest most :) wall writers and graffiti painters of hakeems, najomis’, professors, property agents etc etc

    I have passed the idea of printing stickers, may be someday these decals appear on stationary shops and then on our vehicles…


  4. Maliha Adnan (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    i feel the idea of printin stickers would be much better than spary painting on others property. If we do want to preserve our city and cherish it why do it in a manner, where by it looks unkempt! if we love our city we can show it in many ways, we just need to put our heads together and come up with a plan!


  5. IHK (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    http://www.iheartkhi.com

    No Affiliation with the project, just showing some love.


  6. Sam (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    I http://stashbox.org/51775/comfortzone.gif

    If you can guess what CZ is you win a prize.


  7. danny (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    Comfort Zone? What’s that? I give up — can’t guess.


  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    Czechoslovakia was CZ http://www.clanbrandon.co.uk/czech_republic.html

    Come 1993 now 2 countries are seperate – Czech Republic and Solvania :)


  9. Natasha Mukarram (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    Graffiti, i believe, is as much a part of karachi as pan-spitting, traffic congestion, and the over populated sea view. It has always been there, and we will always see it on walls everywhere. It is one way the local karachitis vent out their frustrations, or perhaps, build spirits for events/campaigns.
    I-heart-KHI is just another graffiti, but tagged with love for the city we love to mess. Sure, stickers are a more ‘civilised’ means to get the point aross, but untill we learn to hate to love colouring the walls, I-heart-KHI will do. :)


  10. Imran of Zorpia (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

    KMB is alive!

    I was waiting for (this) post to appear on KMB bcz for the longest time now, i could see the I-HEAR-TKHI graffitti spray painted on KHI walls, from Bath Island to Gulshan.

    To tell the truth i AM THRILLED to see I-HEART-KHI grafftti across town bcz its all about lovin Our great city; though i do agree with the suggestion that car stickers would probably be a better CHOICE.

    And that said, I LOVE KARACHI 2 pieces! :)


  11. humayun (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    Im glad someones actually bothered to take up this project. Most of us tend to just sit and talk about this towns problems while sitting in our comfortable chairs. I do agree with aaxz however, that they shouldnt be spraypainting on walls that are clean. But its the thought and the effort that counts in the end, and that effort is commendable. I remember i first spotted the I-Heart-KHI sign on a wall near zamzama around two months back, and I recall being happy about the fact that someone was actually concerend enough to something like this.


  12. kAy (unregistered) on November 18th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    someone else mentioned how this sort of done should not be done on public property or pvt property-
    made me do a lil reading up on what the “correct” thing to do is.
    i personally love the fact these guys have gone and done it everywhere and as someone who has done a photoessay on this practice i have to point out the specific walls they have chosen are incredibly characteristic.
    google:
    Beautiful Crimes
    Street Art: Codes, Ethics

    its interesting.


  13. murtaza (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 1:06 am

    I saw KHI first on 16 Sep before coming to Dubai, I feel so happy to see city of lights. May ALLAH give peace to this city. I LOVE KHI


  14. (w)hole LOTA love (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 6:10 am

    i hate copycats.


  15. RockOnKarachi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 6:16 am

    Once again… ROCK ON KARACHI!!!


  16. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    A post on similar topic was posted by Umar a few weeks back – or was it a few months back?


  17. br0ke (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    i just like it as a friend….


  18. Ridah Khokhar (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

    whenever some good effort is made it is criticized by people.sometimes these criticisms need to ignored and things should be appreciated.I think ‘I heart khi’ is a nice attempt and it reminds us that this is our country and we need to love it no matter what.n those who don’t like it on their walls can easily remove it.:)


  19. Ridah Khokhar (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    Whenever some good effort is made it is criticized by people.sometimes these criticisms need to ignored and things should be appreciated.I think ‘I heart khi’ is a nice attempt and it reminds us that this is our country and we need to love it no matter what.n those who don’t like it on their walls can easily remove it.:)


  20. Ridah Khokhar (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

    Whenever some good effort is made it is criticized by people.sometimes these criticisms need to ignored and things should be appreciated.I think ‘I heart khi’ is a nice attempt and it reminds us that this is our country and we need to love it no matter what.n those who don’t like it on their walls can easily remove it.:)


  21. Ridah Khokhar (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    Whenever some good effort is made it is criticized by people.sometimes these criticisms need to ignored and things should be appreciated.I think ‘I heart khi’ is a nice attempt and it reminds us that this is our country and we need to love it no matter what.n those who don’t like it on their walls can easily remove it.:)


  22. Sheza Fatima (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    I agree a 100% with the Graffiti idea, i think it’s in our blood. We ache to fill the walls. And as long as something good comes out of it, I don’t think its too bad. It’s actually pretty funky! lol!!


  23. Sadia Hussain (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    If you Karachi so much you are willing to, in a manner of speaking, go public with your ‘love’, it might be an idea to stop making defacing it and make something that actually looks good: like clean up all the graffiti that gives it its special ugliness. Either that or employ professional artists to make the graffiti! (Something that actually does look good).


  24. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    Why not start with Boundrywall of your very own house & the gates….!


  25. Web Based Accounting Software Karachi (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    Ill print it on ma T-Shirt


  26. BizCoreI Web Based Accounting Software Karachi Business Concepts Pvt. Ltd. (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Can u give me a large size or better dpi image



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