During the past decade or so, social media has brought a lot of talent on the surface. Platforms like Instagram have allowed a lot of artists in Pakistan to showcase their work. You’d be surprised to learn that there is a lot of diversity when it comes to art in Pakistan. This one artist, in particular, is bringing philosophy into art in a very interesting way.
Haris Hidayat Ullah, an illustrator based out of Lahore describes the ‘illusion of free will’ in a unique manner
“The depicted scene shows my understanding of me and my environment in the form of a metaphor of an assembly line. We live in an economic deterministic system. We often fool ourselves in thinking that we are making individual choices whereas it’s the system that instills those choices in our personalities…” [1/4] . . . . . . . . #illustration #drawing #assemblyline #digitalart #myths #selfportrait #metaphor #personalities
“My brand of art involves how I make sense of the abstract elements in life and how I look at them through the lens of individualism, the self and the working system around us. How I as a human interact with them and its effects on me as a person, its a two-way street” Haris told MangoBaaz.
His imagery and the message that accompanies them will give you goosebumps
[2/4] "We may think in a system that we are being rebels but it is the system that has allowed this choice along with its accompanying rites and performances for us to remain functional within our given system slots." . . . . . #illustration #drawing #digitaldrawing #selfportrait #assembyline #construction #myths #manufacturing #factory #art #lethargy #vsco #idontknow #kiachutyaapkarahahu #bc
This one shows how we all despite being individuals are just another brick in The Wall
Continued [3/4] …in short whether we consider ourselves as free or enslaved, rich or poor, servant or masters, happy or sad but it’s the system that dictates the functionality and the proper ways of showing that to us. These emotions are basically the lenses given by the system to tell us how to be sad, how to happy and how to be even curious. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #illustration #drawing #art #coloring #paint #series #individualism #myth #society #sketchbook #pen #digital #graphics #artesanato
“My academic work differentiates from my personal work because I’m more into breaking down cultural phenomenon and just looking at them from a very personal level” he said.
However not all his work takes a morbid direction
“I wouldn’t actually box my work up into neat little categories but it amuses me when people actually relate it to sitcoms like Rick & Morty or Simpsons. I love it if people can relate to it on some personal level. But It is about my perception of my surroundings and how I’ve reflected on the visual and literary material that I myself connect with” he said.
Music is also one theme he has experimented with. For those of you who are not familiar with Syd Barrett, he was the initial lead singer of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd
“Yes music plays a major role in my work as well, its a platform for people to connect – just like art. I did a small project for Keeray Makoray which was so crazy fun to do, it was some album art and a video loop. I’d love to see my art translating into music and vice-versa and I would like to see it taking that direction by involving different local musicians along with my work” he shared.
Among other things he has also used his skills in academic projects
Glad to have been a part of the History Project's endeavors to promote critical thinking in cirriculum teaching and learning. "Partitioned Histories: Two Nations. One Beginning" is a publication that allows the readers to understand the national narratives as promoted by the state curricula in India and Pakistan. The publication with my illustrated works will be launched today (26th March) at @harvard . The illustrations highlight the construction of national narratives which shape the ideologies and attitudes of people towards each other. . . . . #history #illustrations #booklaunch #harvard
“I’ve been involved with The History Project and designed their publication that deals with comparing history from both sides of India and Pakistan. Meanwhile I’ve also done a collaborative group project involving a video with the School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD), Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) and The Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) based on designers and the Mirassi community of Texali Gate coming together and bridging the gaps by implementing design in the context of storytelling” he said.
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