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STATEMENT OF WORK
One day as I was walking down the streets of my neighborhood in Lahore, camera and tripod in hand, a local elder man stopped me to ask what I was doing. I explained I was an artist, documenting the streets to later edit into a video. With great concern, he asked “Will your video be positive or negative?”
This encounter posed to me a valid as well as difficult question: do we accurately depict societies abroad or do we choose to perpetuate the narrative we are most accustomed to?
Using photography and video, my work investigates this line between fact and fiction within representation by looking at the camera as an artifice. Through collecting items of Pakistani popular culture, local newspaper clippings, Urdu novels, etc. and then photographing them in the studio, I create scenes that are reminiscent of an anthropological study. Further juxtaposing these still-lifes with photographic documentations of the street, connections between the real and the constructed are challenged.