Hundal Hussain writes about his favourite picks at BNU's thesis display for the year 2016:
Hashir Hameed Bukhari â€“ â€˜All that music that has ever been playing is still playing.â€™
Hashir Hameed definitely showcased his musical side with the absolutely riveting art meets musicÂ display, where he turned everyday usual items into extraordinary instruments. This boy is definitelyÂ going places.
â€œIâ€™ve always had a passion for music but being in visual arts, I couldnâ€™t just record songs and have peopleÂ listening to 7 minutes tracks; they need to see or feel something in the field of arts and my medium wasÂ sound, with a few layers. My favourite piece of mine is probably The Hypocrite, which is a set ofÂ speakers spinning around playing different songs but they all start to sound like one song and you canâ€™tÂ guess which one.â€
Meher Nawaz Shah â€“ â€˜Not less just differentâ€™
Meher was another one of BNUâ€™s shining stars in Visual Arts; her work was rather eye opening, andÂ played with all your senses.
â€œMy thesis is on autism and how in Pakistan people see it as a disease, whereas it is a disorder. ParentsÂ and teachers are embarrassed about their kids being autistic. I approached Fazli Azeem, an autist who isÂ the H.O.D of Karachi Institute of Technology and Engineering; his journey really inspired me. I wouldÂ really like to make people realise that instead of looking for a cure, help the autist get throughÂ overwhelming challenges they face, and itâ€™s okay to be different.â€
Fizzah Haroon â€“ â€˜Sweet Meatâ€™
Fizzahâ€™s super chic jewellery and accessories display was perhaps one of the finest in the whole display.Â Her message was brought forward in a fun and impactful way, kudos to her!
â€œMy work is about my childhood obsession with chocolates and how that brought body image issues inÂ my life. I tried to keep my work quirky and yet still relate it to how I felt or how any person dealing withÂ weight gain challenges would feel. The urge to indulge and the insecurity of your looks are the keyÂ elements of my collection. My favourite piece is the Twix Wrapper brooch, that reminds me of myÂ chocolate obsession and waist inches insecurity.â€
Mehek Shahrukh â€“ #IntoTheRabbitHole
Mehekâ€™s display was a tiny walk in space with glass walls and neon graffiti inspired by Alice inÂ wonderland and pop culture. This display was a crowd favourite!
â€œInspired by the fairy tale of Alice, and how she goes into this rabbit hole to a new world where sheÂ starts to lose her identity; I linked that to our smart phones and how theyâ€™ve become the new rabbitÂ hole. I created a selfie room covered with all these negative comments used on social media. Iâ€™ve alwaysÂ been categorised of being from a broken family and Iâ€™ve tried to climb out of that identity and becomeÂ something bigger.â€
Sara Tariq â€“ â€˜My travel lineâ€™
Saraâ€™s work in jewellery and accessories was a quirky depiction of London through an outsiders view.
â€œMy line is about travelling and exploring; I took inspirations from the odd little things I noticed orÂ experienced on my trip to UK and I tried to retain all those memories in the form of my work, like myÂ personal favourite Ice Cream Cone brooch.â€
Ayesha Rumi â€“ â€˜Untitledâ€™
Her work was one of the most popular ones in the display, using photography and chemicals in her work to depict memory transitions, Ayesha is one artist to look out for.
â€œI wanted such imagery that with time should change or go away; I looked into this term called theÂ transitioning state, which is a fictional chemical term. Our every day travel from one place to another isÂ a transition that I noticed the most and I started photographing my transition. My canvas is a tile whichÂ is a very eternal material but the art on it should start transitioning with time and, at the end of the dayÂ thereâ€™s a history to the tile but that doesnâ€™t necessarily show the art, but shows the whole transition.â€
Mahnoor Azhar â€“ â€˜Healing Greenâ€™
Mahnoor Azharâ€™s jewellery and accessories line definitely stole the show; her attention to detail, finesseÂ and just the aesthetic itself was enough to make her collection one of the most coveted ones there. HerÂ work reflects nature, in a feminine and exquisite way; sheâ€™s clearly a star in the making!
â€œMy work speaks about nostalgic experiences and the distinctive beauty of gardening as a hobby. Itâ€™sÂ inspired by my fatherâ€™s passion for gardening; and I have explored the concept of gardening as a therapÂ and how this activity cultivates the calm mind. The language of this collection carries a very natural andÂ organic course; and with my pieces Iâ€™ve tried to connect the viewer with nature in an exquisite way.â€