August 29, 2019

"Sometimes [Maria] Qamar’s women are crying and lovelorn. Other times they’re glossy-haired containers of rage that leap colorfully, fantastically off the canvas."

"In the installation’s titular work, a bloody, disembodied male hand grabs a lavender-skinned woman by the arm. 'FRAAAANDSHIP?' he asks. The woman’s 'NO' reverberates through the gallery’s white walls.... 'Obviously there are parts of our culture that are deep and dark and that evoke rage. And then there are certain parts that are just silly. I like that it doesn’t have to make you cry all the time. That’s the motive of what I do. You can have fun. You can sit on a samosa chair and talk about patriarchy. The first step we should take is laughing in the face of adversity. Or devastation, rather. That’s how I deal with it.'"

From "The Artist Blending Pop Art and Indian Soap Operas" (The Cut).

27 comments:

rehajm said...

A Joe Biden montage it is...

Mr. Forward said...

“Glossy...containers of rage that leap colorfully, fantastically off the canvas.” I’m Up North and that describes most of the art on the supper club walls.

rhhardin said...

She's probably better-dealing him for a guy who doesn't know her well yet.

rehajm said...

Fraaanndship isn’t a question, is it? More of a statement or command. Hence the reaction.

John Lynch said...

Fraaaaaandzone?

MadTownGuy said...

Lovely. Feminist misandry.

Aunty Trump said...

No fraternization with the enemy!

Though I think most offers of friendship to beautiful women have ulterior motives.

Shouting Thomas said...

What do you suppose life is like for the average poor Indian man, Althouse?

You always skip over that.

Aunty Trump said...

I would say that 40% of feminist writing consists lesbians thinking of ways to get more straight women to dabble in lesbianism. Especially the pretty ones.

Wince said...
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Wince said...

Is the grasping hand supposed to be Frankenstein's Monster?

Or possibly Al Franken, for that matter.

Jeff said...

Tell me that the top the woman in the painting is wearing wasn't worn to attract male attention.

Howard said...

Thomas taking the side of wife-beaters once again.

Darrell said...

Thomas taking the side of wife-beaters once again

Well they are comfortable. And ribbed for your protection.

Char Char Binks said...

Keeping the Untouchables in their place.

Shouting Thomas said...

Thomas taking the side of wife-beaters once again.

That was such a Ritmo comment!

I still wonder if you're not Ritmo + 25 IQ points, which would put you at 90.

Phidippus said...

Not getting this, but I'm American and male, not dot-Indian and female.


Phidippus said...

Maybe the hand belongs to Gropey Joe Biden.

rcocean said...

I wouldn't mind see that exhibit.

Earnest Prole said...

Seems like cultural appropriation, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

MadTownGuy said...

Jeff said...

"Tell me that the top the woman in the painting is wearing wasn't worn to attract male attention."

From the article:

"What was the inspiration behind “Mera Jism, Mera Hathyar!”?

That one’s about the policing of our bodies, especially through clothing. In the Desi community, you show a little cleavage and you’re like the worst person on the planet. My body and the way I dress has been policed since I was very young. “Mera Jism” is my response to that. My body is my weapon. I don’t like being told how to dress, or what to do. I don’t think anybody does. But I think for Desi women there’s this pressure to dress modestly and properly.
"

But to get the full context of her statement you have to look at the work she references, where the woman decks the man.

BJM said...

Ooooo so edgy. Not.

Art cannot compete with the parody that has become the MSM/news cycle.

Louie Looper said...

There are Massive Lora’s!? Count me in! RSVP Yes!

PluralThumb said...

Kind of reminds me of Batman comics with the fighting sound effects written in speech bubbles.
But then again, between a man and a woman with disagreement or confusion in the moment,
this may as well be a caveman clubbing a female to bring home to his mother.
Who am I judge art without credentials.
Nice colours !

McCackie said...

That green hand looks a bit small, maybe its her special friend?

Fen said...
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Fen said...

If you click through you find lots of her selfies with full plush inviting lips.

I think she's confused.

I bet her feminism is inversely proportional to your net worth.