SAHAR BANO MALIK
About The Art
Double consciousness (Du Bois) is the concept of a particular sensation of looking at oneself through the eyes of others, feeling their sense of ‘twoness’. The idea that there are two of everything within oneself. This is relatable to anyone who has a hybrid identity. In ‘people’ and throughout my work I have aimed to show double consciousness through physical representation. Creating a layered image that reaches out to those who similarly feel they are displaced in a hybridity complex.
Emerging from a background of a certain disposition, cultures from many different sources dwell within me. My parents have been brought up speaking the thick earthy dialect of their ethnic Punjabi. They taught us the poetic innocence of Urdu and secretly converse in the language of their home town, Swahili. Religion taught us to read and recite the beauty of Arabic, yet the English we speak shrinks us down before white men.