Woo-doo And Art Don’t Mix

I cant keep it in my system any more.. Really No, Not any longer, I have to let it out, I have to say it out loud and clear. So here it is:

It was just day before yesterday. It was a clear evening. The sky was shining blue. The weather was just right, a bit towards warm, enough to make me sweat a bit in my non Air-conditioned car but it was a fine day.

I entered this absolutely amazing art school dotted with brilliant faces of young art students who are studying to become eminent artists in the future. Housed in this School of art in a beautiful gallery, and I was completely taken back the moment I entered this gallery.

A hall of the gallery was lined with digital displays showcasing a number of video art peaces, which is a fairly rare site in Pakistan. I expected something out of the box, unique and impactful much to my dismay none of the videos were up to my expectations besides only a few and they too could a bit more creativity.

There was a small installation and a few more artworks made some really good and some just average. In all the show was not a total disappointment.

But then it was announced that we will also be the witness of a performance. Now this sounded interesting so I decided to stay a bit longer and only minutes later for ladies dressed in Black entered the gallery. They sat on the floor cross legged in a circle and instantly a music began to play, and with the start of this music these four ladies started to move their upper body in a circular path. Then they stood up and went to the other part of the gallery up stares and then when they came back to this hall again and chose a different corner to sir and move their body with the music.

It was that very moment I felt a chill go through my spine. “OOH MY GOD !! ” I thought “this cant be it !!”. I had never thought faith healers exist among artists and in art schools. I realized that this gallery was possessed by an evil sprite, a dispirit evil sprite and these four women, In the name of performance were trying get rid of the vicious evil ghost. Like all faith healers these troupe of four never declared that they would be performing a ritual here to purify the space or the devil’s evil shadow would have gone away for the time and wouldn’t have been cough unexpectedly by surprise.

But ghost were not the only ones who they managed scare away. I noticed many people some well noted people too moved away from these faith healers when they started their fourth and final part of the ritual. Now the air felt heavy and I felt a strange numbness in my mind, but I continued to watch.

Moments later as their performance or the ritual ended I was totally light headed and the gallery felt a bit more silent and the air around me a little darker and I realized I was not the same any more, Now I was not living in to any misconceptions, I was certain that I know nothing, NOT a WORD, of the thing called ART. My brains remained numb for almost 2 hours after that.It may have been an evil sprit they wanted to get rid of, which may have taken a refuge in my brains somewhere. I am not sure if they got rid of this evil sprit but surely they did ended up eliminating all traces of finery from Art that evening.

The sun was now an dull shade of orange, the air was heavy with smog while I was on my way home totally exhausted, splattered with dabs of blue with a soul dipped in grey of nothingness.

Woo-doo And Art Don’t Mix

5 thoughts on “Woo-doo And Art Don’t Mix

  1. hina says:

    sorry for replying to your post so late i was out of town,anyhow i didn’t exactly witness the whole thing myself..but i did asked munawer ali sayed(artist/sculpturist)about this ritual thingi….you must know that performing art is becoming a new trend in art exibitions all over the world..this particular piece was actually a buddhist pray done by monks..the only difference was that these women were in black and the monks clad themselves in orange…munawer however didn’t found this performance much bewitching

  2. hina says:

    but i liked your theory,faith healers and evil spirits…sounds way fun,oh and the people moved away becuse they lost interest,that’s atleast what i’ve been told..have you ever heard a folklore under a “bargad ka pair” in some village..that’s my ideal vision of faith healers.

  3. I admit to have exaggerated facts to a limit in this article, believe me I felt nothing besides boredom after the performance but it was a needed ingredient to add that punch effect.

    I have seen faith healers dancing, shouting, scolding and doing all sorts of weird things….. Anyways I found this particular performance similar to any ritual to get rid of evil sprits which I think was close enough because they “prayed” in all halves of both the sections of the art gallery like the Buddhist monks would do….

    But don’t you agree that if people including noted artists (I wouldn’t take names) so quickly lost interest in that short performance there has to be something missing … 😛

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