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/ MOMINA MUHAMMAD, PAKISTAN

Momina Muhammad

Artraker, 2014

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: PAKISTAN

Momina Muhammad, 

It is Still Green on My Land

 

Miniature technique on bones

 

 

© Artraker CIC 2014

/ ARTRAKER, 2014

/ VIDEO PORTRAIT

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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’.