Zanbeel Art Project ‘Youth Art Express’

Zanbeel Arts latest project “Youth Art Express” is a platform for the up and coming generation of artists who are emerging with a fresh perspective. This Platform focuses on the pace and expressions of youth culture within the United States, as it evolves, grows, and develops an identity of its own. The exhibit will examine personal, cultural, social, environmental, and global matters youth around the world are confronted with in their daily lives. We aim to learn about the hopes, dreams, influences, struggles, successes, fears, and joys they face.

This year’s exhibit will showcase the works of emerging South Asian and American artists who have joined hands for the love of art, peace, and progressive thought. The showcase will focus on youth subculture from an international perspective, as it creatively unites, grows, and finds a unique voice of its own.
All proceeds raised from this exhibit will benefit Zanbeel Art's South Asian Art Literacy For Youth program (SAALY), which provides art classes to low socio-economic LAUSD schools. This year’s program features a creative exchange between 5th grade students in The Watts Elementary School with their counterparts in Karachi, Pakistan.

Invitation Design by participating artist Mona Khan from her series Popistan

Mona Khan on Popistan

Popistan© is an attempt to reexamine the phenomenon of Pakistan's popular culture. As the likes of Andy Warhol's Monroe, Popistan's icon is a national hero of the country, Noor Jehan.
Noor Jehan was the adopted stage name for Allah Wasai (September 21, 1926 – December 23, 2000) who was a legendary singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. She was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum (English: The Queen of Melody).
She exemplifies a revolution in Fashion and Style channeled through a voice which still moves the nation.
Popistan as a sociopolitical movement aims to deconstruct the nature of iconography, destabilize its global stature while simultaneously reinforce it through the manner of its production.
Iconography as suggested in Warhol's work delivers the icon through a visual language intrinsically codified to be globally understood and appreciated which embodies the basic fundamentals of Popular Culture whereby the intent of the work is seemingly lost by its ability to be so attainable, producible, replicable and most significantly, likable. In Warhol's own words, "Popular culture is about liking things."


Youth Art Express 2012

Curated by Sadaf Ahmed

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 2 to 7 pm
Exhibition Runs through December 6, 2012

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