Getting to know him before he knows you
Length: 6 minutes 59 seconds
Exhibited in February 2019 at AAN Gandhara Art Space,Karachi, Pakistan for 'Depicture'
This film is part of a larger body of work which looks at the movies and songs I have grown up with in Karachi and how I look back at them now as a woman far away from home.
The stories and rhymes which were presented to me as a child were never randomly selected by society but rather, curated to make me aspire to be someone or something. Actresses such as Doris Day and Deborah Kerr exuded fantasy femininity and I was so enamoured by them that I forgot to look at their male counterparts.
This film was originally shown at AAN Gandhara Art Space, Karachi, Pakistan, February 2019 Music: Que Sera, Sera by Doris Day from The Man Who Knew Too Much and Getting To Know You by Marni Nixon from The King and I
Cleansed and Purified
Length: 3 minutes 20 seconds
Audio: Lacrimosa by Mozart
Exhibited in December 2018, at Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts and AAN Gandhara Art Space for 'The Hills to the Sea'
Human beings have an endless fascination with beautifying and ‘purifying’ oneself to be fairer and softer until the idea of our identity is about the role we are obliged to play. There is a bathing ritual originating from the Zoroastrian population of ancient Persia which utilises milk and rose petals as a tradition to celebrate a Zoroastrian child’s one year old birthday. The recreation of the bathing ritual looks into the paradoxical relationship between contemporary realities and esoteric customs.
Men Doing Manly Things
Length: 2 minutes 04 seconds
Exhibited in September 2017 at AAN Gandhara Art Space,Karachi, Pakistan for The Past As Present
What does it mean to be the perfect Parsi man? How ambitious does he have to be? How cultured should his family be? What size is his pheta? What car does he drive and where did he graduate from?
There is a tendency for wealthy communities dwelling in post colonial cities such as Karachi, to elevate their sons into model human beings; they are the ultimate investment of the family and are heirs to both the materialistic and intangible legacies of their community.
From wearing hats and crowns to t-shirts and joggers, men have naturally evolved into complicated 21st century beings with personal eccentricities and continue to reject gender roles. Yet, how much has his sense of entitlement changed over the years?