Omnipresence

The Arab headscarf (Kaffiyeh) and photographs of old landmarks of Pakistan play a major role in in these works. I use the scarf because it talks of the kind of identity I see people around me trying to adopt, and juxtaposed with the photographs, they reflect conflicting emotions of alienation and integration. I employ a variety of widely accepted icons in my work such as the ancient Jewish motif of the Kabballah, or the flower of Saint Mary (native to the middle east) or images of flowers like the Bougainvillea and the Gulmohar that are found in abundance in Karachi .I use these images to talk of the multiple hybrid religious and cultural traditions and attitudes, encouraging people to forget the peculiarities that divide us, and focus instead on our common humanity.