Huma Khan

Epiphany I

Deconstructing the unfavourable clichéd into positive disintegration has remained the core aspect of my practice. The socio-political and cultural fabric of the current world has steadily evolved over the last decade. While a campaign of slander, justification for more rights, freedom of speech, acceptance and tolerance have remained ambivalent in racial and religious catharsis, my thought process advocates cultural integration and approaches migration, co-existence and identity struggles with ideas of proactive assimilation.

My work considers visual engagement to resonate hope, belief and progress in an otherwise macabre discourse. This juxtaposition is layered sometimes in Paint, Textile, Installation or Photography. Every piece represents a notion of beauty in incongruity, strength in vulnerability – an infallible self-realisation in conflicting ideologies! At the core of this concurrence lies a contradiction to the polysemy of Muslim women and their representation in a world that has consistently harboured notions of Muslim women being the epitome of oppression and religious isolation. My work seeks to contravene the disparage that pursues Muslim women who observe “Purdah”; by either covering their bodies completely with a “Burqa”, or, merely their heads with a “hijab”. It is an aesthetic attempt of permeating an obvious manifest to unravel the normalcy of the person behind the perceived impression – done with conventional simplicity!

Epiphany I and Epiphany II (part of the Degree Show) culminate a dedication to Muslim women who are neither extremists nor oppressed. Each person deserves to be taken singularly before being associated with creed, caste, religion, party, patriarchy, bourgeoise and so on. It’s a categorical renunciation of the impression exploited and aggravated into doom by current political agendas. This seemingly simple practice aspires to engage the viewer into soliciting emotional responses. These paintings help construct images of random gestures nonchalantly; approaching controversial undertones with caution.