Scenic landscape and unsung heroes of Pakistan on display at Ezdan Mall
24 Nov 2017 - 2:02
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
From breathtaking landscapes to famous personalities and unsung heroes, the images captured by Pakistani photojournalist and multi-faceted artist Mobeen Ansari offer a fresh perspective on Pakistan and they are among the photos on display at the ‘Beautiful Pakistan, Amazing Qatar’ exhibition which opened yesterday at Ezdan Mall.
Having lost his hearing at a very young age, Ansari has honed his talent in visual arts including photography, painting and sculpture. The 30 photos showcased at the exhibition comprises scenic landscapes of Balochistan, Lahore, Hunza and Skardu, among others.
Portraits of Pakistan’s most well-known TV actor Qazi Wajid, globally acclaimed hockey player Sohail Abbas, pop music pioneer singer Aalamgir, iconic composer Arshad Mahmud and Queen of Sufi Music Abdia Parveen are also displayed at the show.
They were featured in Ansari’s book “Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation” on iconic people and unsung heroes of Pakistan. “What I’m trying to do through my work is to bridge the perception divide between Pakistan and the rest of the world. People only see an undeveloped nation or its landmarks like old mosques or K2, Nanga Parbat and other Himalayan mountains that we have. People don’t see that we have many stories as well on the streets, in homes and through this exhibition I’m hoping to show the different facets of the country whether through landscapes or people,” Ansari told The Peninsula.
Though he has already travelled in Europe and Asia, Qatar is the first country in the Middle East where Ansari is showing his works. “It’s my first time in the Middle East and here I’m hoping to tell stories from Pakistan, about Pakistan’s unsung heroes, its amazing people and places. Pakistan is a geographically diverse country and with this I want show that art transcends all barriers,” he said. Qatari artist Haya Al Thani’s photos of Qatar’s landscape, cityscape and architectural landmarks are also a highlight of the exhibition organised by the Pakistan Professionals Forum Qatar (PPFQ) for the first time.
“We’ve been involved in a number of events and initiatives in the past few years but this event is very special for PPFQ because not only we are showcasing our own homeland, but it is also giving us an opportunity to promote the beauty and talent in Qatar which is our home away from home,” said Uzma Shehryar, PPFQ President.
“This year, Pakistan is celebrating 70 years of Independence and we the Pakistani community have been in Qatar for the last 50 years. This is a celebration of our brotherly relations for the last 50 years and our commitment especially in the present situation in the region towards the people of Qatar, to support them towards development and the well-being of the country,” said Syed Mohsin Mujtaba Rizvi, PPFQ Chairman.
“The basic idea of this exhibition is to promote the softer side of Pakistan and to show the world how amazing Qatar is as well as it welcomes all nationalities. It’s our giving back to Qatar as a thank you for showing such hospitality to all the nationalities,” said Sana Salman, PPFQ General Secretary. With 350 members, PPFQ has been involved charity work, professional development and social networking initiatives, and youth development.