Femsoc At Lums

By: Ehtesham Rehmani

I wish to experience the world as I really am.

Its beauty, its forests, its mountains, its rivers,

its classrooms, its cities, its festivals, its stories,

its Godliness.

I wish to surround myself with the world,

I wish to eat, to dance, to sing, to pray, to live the life I’m destined to.

My parents, my siblings, my friends, my lovers.

Soon enough, they’ll all see their beloved thrive.

I wish for all those beloved to me

to see me for who I really am:

a human, a child inside, listlessly yearning for the world’s beauty behind this ill-fitting garb.

Soon, I’ll be in Life’s warm embrace.

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By Tehseen Khan

Artist’s Statement: Being an Eastern girl living in an Islamic country and coming from a middle-class family-where people think of western influences as taboo- is the topic of my work. The topic has been a challenging one to communicate to my family, reasoning that wearing western clothes does not make a person inherently like them. I mix and match western and eastern clothes, as many do now. The crux of my work is communicating that influences from other cultures do not result in forgetting your own. The only thing one needs to remember is to never lose the taste of the culture that one embodies, and that diverse influences do not directly result in a loss of that, but rather, an expansion.

Mix medium on canvas. Size: 30x48 inches.

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Femsoc At Lums

Femsoc At Lums

We are a student-run society at LUMS concerned with increasing awareness about the institution of patriarchy embedded in our culture.