Bibi Hajra

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.

Shows

Annual Humanities Social Science Conference LUMS University 2019, Lahore

‘Development induced Displacement ‘ Symposium LUMS University 2019, Lahore

Displayed paintings of urban life in a two-person show City of Dreams and Nightmares at the Alhamra Art Council, Oct 9 – 13, 2018.

Displayed art work at the Soft Bodies exhibition at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, August 10, 2018.

Displayed art work at Focus Pakistan in London’s Art Fair 2018, January 2018.

Displayed work at Lahore Music Meet, Alhamra Art Council, 2017

Displayed art work at the Pakistan National Council for Arts (PNCA), Islamabad in 2017

Displayed art work in Zahoor ul Akhlaq gallery for a theme based exhibition (-Transformation-) and received a prize.

Publications

2018, Art Review: City of Dreams and Nightmares – A Tapestry of Collective Consciousness . Khadijah Rahman. Youlin Magazine.

https://www.youlinmagazine.com/story/city-of-dreams-and-nightmares-at-alhamra-art-gallery/MTI1NA==

2018, The Inordinate Law of Crystals. Shanal Kazi, ArtNow Pakistan.

http://www.artnowpakistan.com/the-inordinate-law-of-crystals/

2016, ‘What you do not know could kill you’ Urooj Sultan. The Express Tribune.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1152116/ignorance-law-not-know-kill/

2018, Exhibition: Tensions Between Body and Space. Nimra Khan. DAWN news paper. Pakistan.

 https://www.dawn.com/news/1430119

2018, Focus On: Pakistan. Artrooms London.

https://art-rooms.org/focus-on-pakistan/

2017, Drawing Lines of Resilience. Naeem Sadhu. DAWN news paper. Pakistan.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1342868

2019, Conference Exploring Emerging Scholarship on South Asia.

https://lums.edu.pk/news/general-news/conference-exploring-emerging-scholarship-south-asia-held-lums

2016, Lahore Biennale Foundation.

https://www.lahorebiennale.org/projects/intersections-where-the-bus-stops/

2018, Exhibition Opens at Alhamra. The News International.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/378988-exhibition-opens-at-alhamra

2018, Exhibition: See The city From here. EOS Magazine, DAWN news.Pakistan.

https://videostreet.pk/news/3197-

2017, Reverberating with the sound of music. Maven Sabeeh. Instep Today magazine. The News International.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/magazine/instep-today/190776-Reverberating-with-the-sound-of-music

2017, 5 Reasons Lahore Music Meet 2017 should not be missed!. Hip in Pakistan.

https://www.hipinpakistan.com/news/1152038

Persen Rahman’s Murder: The Great Cover-up – Pakistan. Saeed ur Rahman. The News. Pakistan.

http://saywriters.com/2018/03/13/perween-rahmans-murder-the-great-cover-up-pakistan/

2018, ‘City of Dreams and Nightmares’ opens at Alhamra. The Express Tribune.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1823159/1-city-dreams-nightmares-opens-alhamra/

2018, Exhibition: See The City From Here. Zohreen Murtaza. DAWN news. Pakistan.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1443508