Photographic Exhibition Depicting Dark & Bright Face of Pakistan
A one day photographic exhibition focusing on the plight of the depressed sectors of the Pakistani society was held here at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad campus. Around fifty photographs taken by students of SZABIST's Media & Communication Studies were put on display.
The exhibition titled "Colors of Pakistan" also brought to light through lens of the camera some really colorful enchanting and stimulating insights of the society, such as scenic beauty, tourist destinations, archaeological sites and rich culture of all five provinces.
Whereas on the flip side issues such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and load shedding were also put on display. The photographic exhibition was a part of the students curriculum which required them to visit, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad, Gilgit and Peshawar and came up with variety of eye-catching and emotionally and appealing photographs.
Visitors of the exhibition appreciated the creativity of all the student photographers but the center of their attention become a photograph by Hina Latif a student of MCS .The photograph showed a forty years old poverty-stricken women Nasreen, a resident of Saidpur village who sells bangles and is the sole bread earner of her family.
What seemed to have struck the guests most about this photograph was that the bangles she sold were all glittering but in a sharp contrast the womn's own self seemed zestless and colorless and these expressions were clearly visible on her face.
On the other hand the photograph depicting hope and hipness also attracted the art lovers. In particular a photograph taken by Qurat ul Ain a student of MCS was the highlight of the exhibition as it had a special delusion of the sun either rising or setting. It was difficult for the on lookers to determine this despite constant eyeing.
Qurat ul Ain said that the sun is actually setting but it also leaves hope that it will rise again the next day and I want to send this message across that after every darkness there is a shine and similarly there is a hope after despair.
Director SZABIST Syed Asad Hussain said that SZABIST is actively working to harness the artistic skills of its students and in the near future will be acting into an agreement with Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA ),under which both the organizations will work to equip the young generation with skills of painting, photography, music, acting, theater performance and other performing arts so they could promote Pakistan's culture in and outside the country.
Director General PNCA Tauqeer Nasir was the chief guest on the occasion who while addressing said that photography is an in born talent and the photographer through his/her lens shows the people some things which they might not have been able to see otherwise.
He said that the way these students have captured different cultural norms, problems, ideologies and thoughts of a common man is undoubtedly admirable.