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    Visual Narratives Encompassing Refugee Data in Pakistan Through Vernacular Art Aesthetics “Why do we deal with certain topics at certain times? … Read More
    Visual Narratives Encompassing Refugee Data in Pakistan Through Vernacular Art Aesthetics “Why do we deal with certain topics at certain times? Because they are in the air.” Annette Weisser The current global news are splattered with headlines about hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing their home countries in search of a safe place to live. This persecution comes as a result of multiple reasons: religion, race, colour, power, conflicts over land and minerals, or most commonly the ‘War on Terror’. I moved to Germany two years ago, an act of physical and cultural displacement based upon my personal decision and will, with the option to return home always available. But, there are those who are forced to leave under dire circumstances – uprooting and throwing away. The very thought of being alienated and removed without consent is troubling enough for me to acknowledge and base the entire body of my work on it. I chose to address the current situation of refugees in Pakistan because it was and is part of my daily life and will continue to be so for my entire life. While Europe is constantly debating the “large influx” of refugees, Pakistan hosts more than 3 million Afghani refugees today, some have been living there for over 30 years. The very disturbing nature of this debate about asylum seekers sparked my interest to visualise the refugee data we constantly talk about. Over the years the refugees in Pakistan have become deeply integrated into our society and social infrastructure, so much so that their removal would result in a com- plete breakdown of the system. Through cognitive analysis, personal ex- perience and interaction I aim not only to visualise and bring to light matters we only read and talk about from afar, but to make this issue tangible so as to accept and con- front it and allow it to be real and not a dis- tant phenomenon that doesn’t affect us on a personal level. Read Less
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