Abdul Musawir Shabbir

"thi kisi shaks ki talaash mujhe

maine khud ko hi intekhab kiya"

-Jaun Elia

Searching for a soul, I wandered

Contented myself with myself


I always feel an air of loneliness in my surroundings. Words like solitude, desolation and seclusion often come to my mind. While trying to notice what represents my being, I realise how content I am in this solitude and how thoroughly I enjoy it. In my photographs, I try to capture the intricacies of human emotions and the way they are kindled by the world around, using a poetic sensibility and subtlety. Each of my photographs captures two contrasting moods; the first is a melancholy and nostalgia attached to the memories of the past, while the second one is more optimistic, hoping for a brighter future. "

Abdul Musawir Shabbir, a Lahore-based visual art practitioner, graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in Printmaking (2018). He has participated in several exhibitions in past years; ‘Current’ at Alhamra Art Centre, (2019), ‘A Golden Truth’ at Taseer Art Gallery (2020), and ‘Resilience’ at Alhamra Art Centre, Lahore (2020) to name a few. He was part of the International Print Exchange Programme 2019, India. Abdul acknowledges in his practice the inspiration he derives from poetry and other literary works.