A 4-minute of performance turn into video art and then further incorporated in a performance act. This project is an inquiry of to understand the process of knowing self which has no beginning and no end. The body is being enslaved through centuries. Breathing behind masks with each breath it shows the endurance and strength of being. The artist navigates through the intricate layers of fabric to find self. Each touch signifies a struggle of burden through centuries old structural oppression, which self is carrying tirelessly. The process never ends. The work initially produced at Crack Art Camp Kushtia Bangladesh 2013, performed and screened at multiple occasions in Pakistan and last showcase at International Giswil Performance Art Festival, Giswil Switzerland in 2018.
Imran Nafees Siddiqui is a visual and perform(ance)ing artist who believes in the power of art for social and political change. His association with a variety of projects is based on the basic premise of disrupting status quo and questioning power structures. As an artist he has turned his vulnerability and sensitivity into an epistemological position that leads to production of artistic knowledge which is complex, multilayered and encourages dialogue. Imran has pioneered platforms for expression, which have been instrumental in channelizing the talent and ‘need to express’ for many people including women, children and marginalized communities. Presently, he is heading Institute of Performing Arts. He is also founder of Dugdugi - an artist collective, part of resistance base creative group ‘Laal Hartaal’ and a gender trainer, researcher, writer and creative consultant.