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National College of Arts Students' work shows awareness of surroundings

Lahore: In the last part of the series on the distinction-winning students of the various departments of the National College of Arts, the work of the first-ever graduating batch of the Film and Television Department, the Graphics Department, the Textiles Department, and the Product Design Department are reviewed.

In the Film and Television Department, Ferozay Usufzay and Naveed Anjum received distinctions. Their work showed an awareness of the society around them.

Ferozay's film was an ethnographic fiction depicting the lifestyle of the Kailasha of Chitral. Ethnographic fiction usually showcases the tribes and population of remote areas, who are now disintegrating. The artist formulates a personal hypothesis before making a film. Ferozay's documentary was a picturesque narrative of the life of the Kailasha people. Ferozay heightened the essence of the documentary by entwining in it the lives of some of the local citizens, their hopes, dreams, and also the banality of their lives. Hence, Ferozay provided a lucid description of the lives of the people of Kailasha by personally becoming a part of their lives.

Naveed Anjum's 'Kalu' was a very simple but poignant story of a boy and his pet hen. It was a fiction, but gave one a very clear picture of poverty and how a young boy endeavours to protect his pet and provide it with a home with the meagre money he possesses. It also depicted the rooster-fighting that is a favourite sport in various places in the Punjab. It was a brief, but touching, piece about the simple desires of simple people.

In Product Design, Shahid Sardar received a distinction.

Shahid Sardar's product was a 'wuzu-friendly' sanitary ware. Shahid said the major problems while performing ablution are water being spilt and clothes getting wet. The sink he had made was user friendly and can be constructed from steel and acrylics. Shaped like a box, it was designed in such a way that with the box closed, the water ran on the hands, and when opened, there was an aperture in the box where one could put the feet and the water flowed directly onto them. There were also censors to tell the level to which the water had risen.

In Textiles, five students received distinctions. They were Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad, Maira Nasir Khan, Mariam Afaf, Tehreem Ahmed and Amina Baig.

Muhammad Ahmad's work dealt with multiple forms, which he balanced cleverly. His work was a tribute to the local cinema of the 1960s, 1970s, and the 1980s and he claimed the medium he used was a reinvention of tapestry painting. He had used iconographic portraits of celebrities. He had used paintings designed on shirts and posters.

Mariam Afaf's work dealt with psychedelic art. She converted two-dimensional psychedelic art to three-dimensional. She made a vanity set with accessories in larger-than-life size. It was a thoroughly 'in your face' experience with bright and stark colors. It looked like playthings for children and also had a humourous edge.

Maira Khan's subject matter was load shedding. She had made tablets with glow in the dark images of mundane life, newspaper clippings and popular slogans. The relation of her work to textiles was obscure.

Amina Baig claimed that her creations were inspired from tree trunks. She said she wanted to explore paper, considering her subject matter, but as she had to add the element of textile, she had to use fabric. "But my experiment did not end there as I gave my fabric the feel of paper," she said. Amina had made lamps out of fabric, thus giving her work a material edge.

In Graphics, Owais Baig was the sole distinction holder. His sample campaign depicted how technology was depleting nature. What added consistency to his work was his thematic colour palette of green and grey – how the colour green symbolises Nature in contradiction to the banality of the steely grey associated with industrialisation. His use of objects like frogs and wires in an almost grotesque manner had a very strong impact. His work was a juxtaposition of the beautiful in Nature and the artificial in the technological age. Daily Times
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