You are cordially invited to
an exhibition “Discrimination”
of Former Parliamentarian Marvi Memon
at Nomad Gallery
on 16th July, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at 22 Justice Abdul Rasheed Avenue, F-6/1, Islamabad
Art for me has been a way of expressing what I feel and see around myself. Whilst my training in art started with Nahid Raza, I later went on to train in watercolours from France. I have mostly been painting for friends and family. I have undertaken this formal exhibition with two specific objectives: firstly to illustrate the causes that are important to me in politics and secondly to contribute to those causes financially with the proceeds from my paintings.
The theme of the exhibition is “discriminations” since I have seen plenty in my four and a half years in politics. I have seen the worst of old politics and have dreamt of the best of new politics. I have come to a realistic conclusion that cohabitation with the best of old politics is necessary to be able to achieve new politics which is a long term goal. It’s a constant struggle.
I present some of my struggles visually for you. The written struggles are already in ebook form on www.marvimemon.com in the form of Pakistan’s first Parliamentary diaries. The paintings have an underline theme of old and new politics. The discriminations are at their height with the worst of old politics and the relief is with the combination of the best of old politics and a vision of new politics.
I have painted about the struggle for the acid legislation, against the injustices of karo Kari, about speaker’s golden guild concept of women empowerment, about some women in chains in our society. I have taken you through a visual journey of trying to save gilgit baltistan from GLOF, and the rest of Pakistan from water shortages. The long march against water thieves across the indus and the disastrous floods are there too as well as the food insecurities due to lack of climate change sensitivities. My struggle for survival of minorities and Shias is woven into the collection. So are the dharna struggles I have been part of and the bullets they have resulted in. My language bill along with the depiction of pakistaniyat and the federation is part of this exhibition. I take you through the demographic dividend versus disaster. I have painted American boots on ground, the pain of the drones and the terror attacks as well as the air crashes. All this in the midst of institutions crumbling clashing and crashing.
The concept of Bhittai’s Marui being surrounded by political crocodiles combined with Marui’s sacrifice of wealth for her people is the absolute ring around my politics and my art. the choices I have made in my strive for new politics are visually illustrated.
I hope that those of you who own these paintings appreciate the pain I have witnessed first hand in each village and street of Pakistan. Moreover, as these paintings sit in your drawing rooms i expect them to serve as a constant reminder of my ongoing grassroot struggle for a better Pakistan.