Vision Is Scary
Taxidermy Coyote, Photo Print, Acrylics
36lx14wx18h inches [print size: 39x20 inches]
Aamir Habib’s work is aimed to give expression to controversial socio-political themes including cultural misnomers, social contradictions, political chaos, the order of the ‘Gun’ and more recently his perspective on the war on terror.
Karachi based artist Aamir Habib references sources from popular culture alongside individual concerns in his works. Though interpreting the world as an oppressive place, where survival is possible only at the expense of others, the cycle of life, however brutal and inimical, is natural. In his featured work Vision is Scary, Habib uses a wolf’s carcass in his installation, completing this sequence, challenging viewers to review their part in the whole. The wolf looks ardently through a pair of binoculars at a picturesque scene of a utopian landscape — its iridescent colors, lucid waters and blossoming foliage create an idyllic aura. In literature, visual imagery and colloquial language, animals are often used to symbolize specific human characteristics or vice versa. These creatures are generally not able to willfully confirm or deny the characteristics we attribute to them, most of which have evolved from the way we observe and think we understand the behavior of an animal. Sometimes, the attributes have developed through use in fiction, myth or rituals and have simply been passed down by tradition through language.
An Installation artist, Aamir Habib escaped from his prescribed destiny of being a car mechanic to pursue art. Originally from Kohat, a small tribal area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, He arrived in Karachi and enrolled at the Indus Valley School of Art And Architecture graduating in the disciplines of Sculpture and Photography with Honors in 2003.
Photo Credits | Amir Habib