Expression of an artist !

 

Art is an expression , its an artist’s thought which is put in a visual on a surface in two or three or more dimensions , as many as you can add including sound , smell feelings what ever the artist’s will to toss in . An artist’s expression is free and is for the people, specially common people who may see it by not a very trained eye, not for its artistic aspects but for the mare visual it is and may interpret it in any way s/he feels. 

I my believe and faith and practice expressions belong to people, common people, not the few elite, enlightened, brilliant few but for a larger audience, the majority of the society, not the minority, regardless of the fact that  the minority is the ruling, powerful affluent one. 

It was only recently that I casually installed one of my works at the local flea shop. My work which is priced slightly under 500USD is placed among the old thrown out junk, and discarded items hanging on one of the columns. 

Firstly i have put my work which is a digital print in a setting where its seen by the common, unexpected people, who have come to probably get some cheep bargain who would stumble upon this peace and will question . How much , why so expensive? Who is the artist ? What has been done ? 

The answers are all in a paper which is kept in the drawer and is given only on request – 

The second thing is to make people aware that digital prints are also art, its not just oil painting or sculpture . 

Thirdly to challenge the mind set that art works belongs to galleries only, it wont be respected else where, it will be an insult if you put it in any other setting besides a gallery or an exhibition space- 

My work has come out of the bubble, and its breaking the label placed on art which reads ” can be admired by an elite only”  and for this i have faced much criticism , i have been told that i am “demeaning my work” i have been told i am acting like  ” a mosquito who lives in a dirty pond ”   Well who has polluted these ponds ? Not the nature but us very humans who are now calling it dirty , and mosquitos dont live in dirty ponds , they leave their eggs there so their newly hatched babies are born to the harsh realities if the world before they can fly off to gardens and jungles to borrow a few drops of blood from other animals so as to breed and not to actually feed , Hey we have something to learn from the  mosquitos here who you just called dirty ! 

Well coming back to my work hanging there between the antiques and trash is my work, its for the common people, the people we think are verminous, the people who make the most of the population of the planet and the people who as consumers are keeping us few elites alive ! 

Expression of an artist !

Veiled snobbery

what most people confuse with sophistication here in Pakistan is actually a veiled snobbery and part of the old colonialism. Its a deep rooted behaviour they had brought with them centuries ago when they came and invaded us, which corrupting our core cultural values.

It is sad to observe when some artists, activists and even some writers, wear that distinct behavioural attitude, of being politely rude. Its like building an invisible wall around you, which keeps the common at pace while giving you the freedom and liberty to float freely in a bubble, lifting you a bit above the ground, slightly bit higher than the commons, so you remain in all your elements, while displaying love and affection to the people bellow you, as if they are an animal caged, and then loved and adored, while the iron bars are keeping them restrained in a tight sphere, of which they maybe even be aware of but its so vague they often forget and fail to even notice it.

Veiled snobbery

Yet another unheard voice .

In this day of age, when we switch on our televisions sets to hear the numerous channels blaring out the “truth” to us, we think they are our saviours, they are voicing our oppressed emotions and the concerns of the common people, speaking on behalf of those who were never herd, who were never thought to be significant. We think  we have finally found someone to hear us, to feel our pains and sufferings  but the truth is quite the opposite.
 
First thing in the morning today, as I held tight to my first cup of coffee, still struggling to fully wake up I switched on to Facebook, What met my eyes was so shocking that i was not only wide awake but also disgusted and furious, it was Huma’s email shared on Facebook by Amar Sindhu :
 

Huma’s Email:

“ Rape for Religion/ JUSTICE FOR SAHAR BATOOL.

First time I am writing in this forum to bring your attention towards a covered incident.
I am women/human rights activist

In our region it is very common news like acid throwing, domestic violence, sexual harassment and target killings etc. you all may heard many news from various different corners about child rape.

The purpose of incident I am sharing is about 6 years old Sahar ,who belongs from shia hazara community ,father was peon in army ,they reside in FC colony quetta, few day before when parents found her missing from home, soon they inform police, after investigation her dead body was dumped near a trash, and her neighbor a clergy (mullah)pesh imam of some mosque confessed that he did all with sahar due to hatred against shias , first he raped ,broke her limbs,hanged her with rope thn slaughtered.

Dead body found from a trash just a yard few feet away from mullahs house.

The apathy of civil society and human rights can also be seen in this case, maybe because the victim family is very poor and can not approach anyone or they belong from shia/hazara community.whats the sin of Sahar Batool???after rape of kafirs the clergy will be in heaven with 72 hoors ??

In this scenario the crime counts for child abuse or sectarian violence ?and its quite tragic even its not in the news

The efforts should be taken by media and judiciary group to bring the perpetrators in conviction.

(an email by Huma Fouladi) ”

 
As much as i want to believe that the media today is free and voices the concerns of the common people, in reality each day i come face to face to the reality of he commercial craving of these news channels resulting in an ever increasing insensitive quest to achieve the highest ratings in the market. They won’t refrain to shove the microphones in the half agape mouths of moaning bomb blast injured, pretending to share their pain but in reality hoping the victim soon dies so they can serve the chunk of this video as the victim’s last words as an exclusive on their particular channel. They will try their best and even advertise it shamelessly that they were the the first to break the tragic news and were also the first air gruesome videos of massive distraction to unexacting audience, wrecking the nerves of the viewer to a point that they go numb, so numb that they won’t feel or realise the bigger picture, the depth of the pain that is caused to the others, they will think its the a usual daily life routine and they will be least bothered the next time something similar happens around them.
 
But what happens to the real news which is buried under the rubble of all there sensational imagery, footages and brainless political talks ? the news which is actually effecting us, common humans, day in day out, the news which point fingers towards the crippled system of the society, the news of one minority or the other being pushed to the edge, actually over the edge every other day, the news of the numerous rapes and sexual crimes, murders, go medical neglect,  cased of brutal child abuse, they all go unreported, undeclared on a daily bases, at the most making it to the news ticker running unnoticed for a few seconds at the bottom of the scream before vanishing forever.
 
So the message to the public is clear that if such a crime is reported, neither the state will give them justice nor the ever active blaring news channels will head their pledge. After all in the end the victim is the common, the people who are the majority, who are the real people of this state, but who have little or no say in the affairs of the state, they are the ones who are unheard of, unseen and the unknown.  
Yet another unheard voice .

Thoughts

Thoughts, of barren lands, fluid landscapes, of houses void of living beings, of people empty of their souls , bodies surrounded by cold walls, of redbrick as red as blood, of metal as cold as ice.

Thoughts of caged souls peering out from behind the eyelids, shy to confront the cruel world, frightened to be killed by the devil.

Thoughts of dark days and nights, of flowers and green being rained by blood, blood which burns all fields of hope, blood that stinks, and stales the air, suffocating the ones with heart of gold .

Thoughts …..

Thoughts

The power of new media

its is sad when some of the senior journalists close there eyes towards the power and impact the social media today has on the people and declare the medium almost useless. Today when a journalist with years of experience withe the major international channels was asked by a student how to register one’s protest against the inadequacy of the local news channels he replied that tweeting, blogging and putting stuff on facebook wont change a thing; the kid should instead take a one man protest to the organization, in this case it was the news channels,  he wanted to voice his concerns against .

but if  blogs, micro blogs and social network campaigns don’t make an impact and don’t change anything why governments and rulers world wide are feeling threatened by them and trying to block or ban the blogs social media platforms. Why several print magazines and publications are prompt and quick in deleting a Facebook comment speaking against them or altering the content of their online version of the paper seconds after the mistake is hilightd on a blog or in a tweet .. why many publications have been forced to close down, as their sales had dropped dramatically after the new media gained popularity. and while many say blogs are not taken seriously than why do all these major newspapers and news agencies have started their own little (commercial) blogs and have started to come out with their online versions, and have their presence on twitter, Facebook and other major social networks.

well the fact is that the Blogs, macro blogs and social media is taking away the monopoly these news agencies ones had. Now every single individual has a voice which can reach out to the world. If a blog has a long earned credibility or is backed with facts and figures or has been authored by someone publicly trusted with no political or commercial  agenda behind him the content becomes even more authentic and trustworthy .

But why this new modern media is coming out so powerful, like everything else,  yes there is a little logic to it too. first of all the content is an opinion or work of an individual whose timeline shows it clearly what his opinions are and intelligence is like, which actually reflects what kind of individual s/he is . a blog also is not usually a commercial entity, so is written for the sake of sheer passion, it also has no editor to tone and shape it down, so its usually more articulated rather than being more mechanical.  Blogs and social media campaigns usually are opinionated, they do talk about facts but also have the emotions thrown into it which come natural when a person’s opinion, specially when its attached to a common social issues or a cause, this not only adds a human touch to it but the reader also feels more attached because he somewhere in the lines visualize himself too also because as humans its only natural for us to understand and relate to things where feelings are added.

With the advent of this new social media becoming more popular everyday the shape of the journalism is changing rapidly today, the contrast in true sincere reporting and fake commercially driven ones are becoming more and more noticeable, people are trusting the alternative mediums and often counter verifying the facts before trusting almost anything they see on a mainstream platform. They change may or may not be good but it has indeed given the people much power and confidence to launch their voice and be heard but in the clutter of millions and thousands of such voices only the ones which manage to stand out poses a challenge to the traditional mainstream media.

Now the only option the mainstream media today faces is to wash their cuffs n collars clean of the fast stains of the years long unethical practices and stick to the fair and honest reporting or they will have to face an overwhelming counter voice which will strip them off their pseudo creditability and fake trust in public, while only the few honest or extra smart will survives this new wave of change .

The power of new media

Develop Zero Social Tolerance to Sexual Violence.

As a usual habit, even today I checked my social network first thing in the morning only to stumble upon a news link which sent a chill through my spine. A 9 year old girl child in Bahawalpur was abducted from right outside her house, beaten up, gang raped and left back in semi unconscious, critically injured state. At the time of filing the report Doctors are struggling to save her precious little life.

The police has filed an FIR and is looking for the culprits, but there is little hope that justice will be served even in this case, as our legal procedures are highly complicated, and a financial challenge, where corruption allows the culprits the convenience to get the medial reports and evidence altered an escape proudly from the grip of the law to free find yet another innocent child or person to victimize.

In any legal system to work properly an integral part of it is the proper implementations of the procedures so as to make it fool proof and convenient for the people. For this a proper people who have proper knowledge of the forensics, the dynamics of crime, the loopholes, the behavior of the society and the routs the culprits take to get rid of the track they leave behind the crime they commit.

Also the society will have to play its part of the role, taking such crimes seriously. Stop blaming the victims of sexual abuse and violence and take stand against the culprit. The trend of shamming the rape survivors labeling them as Impure had to be opposed seriously. Common thoughts and notions which suggest “ the girl has been spoilt” or “has become impure” or “it must be her fault” or “ it’s a shameful thing , keep it under the wraps and not speak of it “ only make the culprits more stronger and makes it easy for them to commit such horrendous crimes and yet move proudly in the society.
Also our mainstream (conventional ) media will have to be more sensitive while reporting and talking over such issues. We have seen a number of times, when cases of sexual violence appear on the news channels there are often suggestions that the women were of “bad character” or were “dressed improperly” or were “acting provocatively ”. It is sad when these multimillion news setups with educated journalists and staff on board fail understand that RAPE is a serious crime and it does not make it any less serious or acceptable if the victim / survivor is a female sex worker or was roaming even naked, nothing justifies such a violent crime.
Performance and visual art can play a strong role in changing the mind sets of the society, artists have been addressing these issues in their art works since a long time but sadly their thought and expressions don’t reach the masses.

Its about time we use every social / public forum to educate people. Write, Blog campaign on internet social networks against such crimes and suggest a Zero tolerance from the social and legal system, There is a need to promote, literature , art and theater so it can reach a larger audience and help change perceptions, and broaden people’s vision and help them realize their fault to bring a positive change and shaping a better society.

Develop Zero Social Tolerance to Sexual Violence.

Society’s Fragile 5%

Blocking the beautiful view of the beach, is this huge building, with Dolmen Mall stamped on its face, i know its good looking but not as beautiful as the sea its self so to me its really ugly. Ugly also because the moment you enter this humongous shopping center the first thing you notice are these expensive brands popping their bright shiny face out of the glimmering boxes stacked one over the other. A shop selling this and a shop selling that, catering to the class which not even 5% of the whole country. To make it worst you will see shoppers holding the fancy little hand bags while their Filipino maids or worst a teenager child labor who are there to manage their naughty kids. but even more disturbing is the sight when you see families from the lower middle class visiting the shopper’s paradise. The kids from these families would be spotted taking rides on the escalators going up and down in the loop and ending up going no where but in circles, yes how typical that is of the lower middle class, isn’t it ?

For these poor visitors who want to take a sneak peak in the lives of the “elite” rich and the “successful ” of the society, the only place which seems affordable in this whole big shopping center is this spacious mighty super store named “Hyperstar’ . having seen it obviously many of them rush to this super market, where a number of products are highly priced as compared to those available around the city, but the story doesn’t end there, because today when i went there, and for the very last time (I Promise)  only to get some juice, i noticed at the counter them telling every customer that they are out of large shopping bags, so either they carry what ever they shopped for in tiny little shopping bags large enough to hold only two cans of soda, or they will have to buy a large plastic “Eco friendly” bag from them for Rs:50/- to carry the items they have bought decently out of the store.

For a country where economic graph has taken a downward dip, where unemployment is record high, people are struggling to keep up with the bread and butter of the family , and even stale bread seems to be costing a fortune, Do we need such snobbishly posh shopping centers, couldn’t we have recreational park there ( sorry the ones we have has nothing but grass to offer ) or an art center, or a public library, or maybe a theater but No to serve those mare 5%  of the whole society we had to built this castle of pure crystals, so the poor can feel more poorer, more undermined, more unwelcome and continue in slavery for another 200 years, while they forget they are a minority of the society they are very much a part of, they may be ruling today but once the table turn’s on them they are too fragile to face the reality.

Society’s Fragile 5%