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Wajid Ali

Wajid Ali

 

"Halaat-e-Hazra (Current Affairs) is a portrayal of human catastrophe in the present era. It is a picture of the recession of values, behavior and lifestyle. It is a depiction of a hypocritical society where humanity is crushed every second. A society where lust, hatred and hostility are the instruments of socio-political damage.

 

Barbed wires provide a sense of security but in today's world it has become a weapon curbing norms of life, relations, security and above all freedom. It is a tool for the powerful to use."

 

Wajid Aly

 

Since it was first patented in America in 1874, barbed wire has become a symbol of the modern age. Also called the "Devils Rope", it is many things to many people: used both to imprison and shut out, it has been used by artists and designers in every culture, as a symbol of oppression. Vajid , a young artist whose shock at the world he is struggling to move forward in, represents perhaps all youth who are stifled from expression themselves, whose dreams like the clouds and flowing waters, traditional poetical symbols of free thought, are locked. With the directness more often found in poetry, Vajid, who is also a poet, has used imagery which will be familiar to those who are aware of our literary traditions.

 

Those suffering political oppression, those swarming like bees to sources of power, those trapped on the other side of the law, victims of consumer lies, women navigating their way between visibility and invisibility, are all fellow travelers as in his bus, isolated, guarded and anxious. Have we been imprisoned for so long that we cannot accept freedom? Is the end of our journey ripped and torn bodies, hanging like washings? In new hope like the drop of rainwater from the eaves, is there the reflection of more oppression to come?

 

 

Before we turn away from the dark and stark imagery of Wajid's paintings, we must remember this is a very young man who, instead of youthful optimism, feels paralyzed by hopelessness like his prisoner who does not want to face the world awaiting him outside his open prison door.

 

Durriya Kazi

Head of Dept of Visual Studies, University of Karachi