بازار ٹرانسمشن Bazaar Transmission – Video

Bibi Hajra had her first exhibition in 2016 in which she displayed a piece titled “Canal Day Doojay Paar” In this piece she attempted to shed light on the absence of non-male bodies in public spaces of Lahore by simply replacing men with other genders. In this painting she replaced men bathing in the Lahore canal with women and children. From here on, in the backdrop of most of her paintings she has often replaced men with other genders in typically male dominated spaces to maintain a running feminist critique throughout her work. In the foreground of this characteristic theme Bibi Hajra has addressed many other themes such as urban segregation and development, pop culture, consumerism and recently environment.

Inspired by Punjabi theater her method of addressing serious subjects is through satire and dark comedy. Recently when she drove past a giant 200 year old Peepal tree planted next to the huge DHA headquarter building in phase 6, Lahore, she began to wonder about the relationship of the two – trees and real estate. Trees being an embodiment of life forms beyond their physical structure continue to face drastic changes in their contexts. The recent show in LUMS is just the beginning of her journey into developing a thesis on the role of ancient wisdom around tree in the context of urban restructuring and infrastructure based urban politics. She has done her Bachelors in Architecture at National College of Arts Lahore, pursuing her interest in urban design she went on an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and received a joint masters degree from a consortium of six universities of Europe in Brussels, Copenhagen, Vienna and Madrid. After finishing her masters she has been involved in various urban design projects and competitions both at home and abroad. Currently she runs a student theater group by the name of Red Eye which is based on mime performances centered on Urban Planning issues . Hajra is also an instructor at a university in Lahore where she teaches both architecture design studio and urban theory.

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