On the pages of the Internet, as well as on our blog, you can find many works of art from recycled materials, raising such serious issues as global warming, climate change, environmental pollution and so on. However, Pakistani author Khalil Chishtee wants to say something completely different. By creating sculptures from trash bags, Khalil expresses his concern for people who have lost their trust and faith.
Khalil Chishti worked as an art teacher in Pakistan for eleven years, after which he emigrated to the United States and suddenly found that the States perceived his home country as a source of many problems. The author encountered a similar attitude during his trip to India. At the same time, Khalil notes that in conversations with ordinary people, he did not notice any hatred: residents of other countries do not treat ordinary Pakistanis with hostility, which cannot be said about politicians and mass media who form the image of a “problem” people. It was this situation that prompted Khalil Chishti to create a series of sculptures from garbage bags.
Each work of the author carries a deep meaning. For example, a person whose body goes up a ladder is an image of politicians who use all possible means to climb higher and higher on the career ladder. Another sculpture depicts a man who literally “melts” from constant pressure and double standards. Many works may seem rather sad to the viewer, but Khalil Chishti claims that they are all "about real life and about people who are firsthand familiar with the discomfort and difficulties of the world around them."
“This is the first time I've used plastic trash bags as a material, because no matter how many times I recycle plastic, it is still just plastic. It does not change, but why then do we change depending on where we are? We change names, religion, language and even emotions. But why can't we just remain 'human beings'? " - Khalil Chishti reflects.
Halil Chishti was born in 1964 and lives and works in California and Pakistan. An exhibition of his work entitled "Recycled Identities" will be held in New Delhi (India) from 2 to 12 August 2010.
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