I am a photographer, an artist, a bookmaker, an educator, a glassblower – well an explorer so far. I live in Lahore (Pakistan), with my amazing and wonderful parents who surprise me every day with their courage and support. My two adorable little bachas (dogs) Babu and Chikoo keep me on my toes. Lastly, I also run a creative communal space in Lahore called THP – The Happieee Place.
I am drawn to the structures, systems, looking into and upwards at things, objects, or landscapes. The relationship between the created structure of a system and the point at which it collapses in my process of making is highly important to me. The starting point for the work is either intuitive, or it begins with a scientific, or logical inquiry, and goes through various investigational processes, eventually unfolding into something that informs ways of seeing and perceiving.
My works are about pushing a photograph in a created structured system up to a brink where it breaks and gives elements to work with. At times the elements are enough but occasionally they need to be intervened with in order for the image to be resolved. ( I might have lost you by now – well I do that – which mainly for me means that I am on the right track)
I believe I am trying to understand photography in the context of taking a photograph in today’s world with still being in touch with artists like Agnes Martin, Theo Van Doesburg, and mathematician Bénoit Mandelbrot to name a few. These artists’ works and particularly their writings inform my practice in a very spiritual way though calling it that seems limiting.
They are underlying interests in perception, technology, neuroscience, autism, and biofabrication and systems in general – in all the series and books I have made so far.
In a nutshell: I love what I do & I work my ass off to achieve what I want.