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Art Feature, Birbal Studios’ Floral Pakistan

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Abdullah Syed, of Birbal Studios, said he was tired of the typical, one-sided and biased portrayal he saw of his native Pakistan.

“[This series is] an attempt to show Pakistan is a lot more than just terrorism, minority killings, homeland, guns, riots and chat masala,” Syed said. “It’s rainbows, and butterflies, and happy clouds and floral patterns. Just saying.”

Syed’s play with kitschy floral patterns set against famous Pakistani landmarks creates a juxtaposition that is both playful and eerie. This world he creates looks almost alien but also is at home in a souvenir shop. The colors work and complicate in equal measure, illustrating a hidden side to familiar landmarks.

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