CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: PAKISTAN
It is Still Green on My Land
Miniature technique on bones
© Artraker CIC 2014
Momina Muhammad was born in 1990 in Lahore, Pakistan. Momina graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National College of Arts, Pakistan in 2014. Momina resides in Lahore where she works as a professional miniature painter and freelance artist. Momina also practised and studied oil-painting, print-making, sculpture, photography and art history and was awarded scholarships throughout her degree. Momina is the first person to use the Mughal miniature technique on bone. As a female, she has struggled to become an artist due to the social and political conditions of her country; yet she continues to hold her head high with hope. Her work has been exhibited at group shows in Pakistan since 2011, a group show in Indonesia in 2014, at the Iran Art Collect 2014, and a group show at Barbara Frigerio art gallery Milan, Italy in 2014. Currently Momina is working for the Dubai Art Biennial 2014.
My work evolved around the psychological theory of cognitive dissonance: where the bulk of relationships among a person's cognitions are dissonant, as a single cognition follows from the opposite of another. During my miniature practice at the National College of Arts, I observed this subtle cognition in classical miniature paintings where a cruel and harsh subject was painted in a beautifully fine manner.
This coalition of beauty and ugliness became a salient feature in my work. I came to feel that I could not express my emotions in their entirety on a 2D surface. I wanted something to personify how life ceaselessly continues regardless of the simultaneous presence of such horrendous and lifeless acts of terrorism. By working miniature on bones, I mean to represent life on something hollow and dead. How the vilest terrorism does not weaken our spirits, how our composure is a consistent during these times of turmoil. I strive to highlight the brighter side of all this, the positive elements and how essential it is to hold on to these elements to birth hope. For this reason my subject spread to the prevailing environment of my country where no matter whatever is happening, ‘It is Still Green on My Land’.