Reth & Reghistan
Sculptural Storytelling


Nimra and Manahil are Pakistani-Canadian visual artist, writers and sisters, sharing folktales through a contemporary lens.



We began creating miniature worlds using found  materials, that interpret popular stories, such as The Shire and Hagrid’s Hut (Backyard Worlds). We wanted to transmit folktales from where we grew up, Karachi, however were unable to find much reliable information online. This gave birth to Reth aur Reghistan, which aims to start filling in the knowledge gap that exists with regards to folklore in the diverse and culturally rich Sindh region.

Manahil is an Ottawa-based writer, editor, and visual artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (2019) and Pipe Rose (2018). She is on the editorial team of Canthius, a feminist literary magazine, and In/Words Magazine & Press, which focuses on emerging voices. She is the 2019 winner of Room magazine’s Emerging Writer Award, the 2019 winner of the Lilian I. Found prize, and won 2nd place in the George Johnston Poetry prize.

Nimra is a visual artist and community facilitator based in Mississauga. Her art has appeared in publications across Canada, including The Living Hyphen, Nuance, Existere, and untethered. She works with children on the autism spectrum, and has facilitated creative workshops with youth and adults with disabilities.