Born in 2000, Maria Aamir graduated from Kinnaird College for Women University, Lahore with a degree in bachelor’s in fine arts with a further specialization in miniature painting. Along with her on-going degree She has also been participating in several Art shows/competitions. In 2021, Maria’s work has become a part of the permanent collection in Ambiance Boutique Art Hotel, Karachi for its Call for Art 2.0. Moreover, one of her works also got selected in the 18th Alhamra Young Artists Exhibition 2022. Maria’s work has also become a part of the group show ‘FRESH MINT ‘for Full Circle Gallery in Karachi curated by Irfan Gul Dahri.
Popular culture is ubiquitous, a situation of constantly fluctuating interaction between various narratives, beliefs and practices that are dominant in our society. It incorporates the most immediate and contemporary aspects of society that are often subject to rapid changes as well. Through her body of work, as a citizen of Pakistan is reflecting on the society, we live in. By using wit to draw attention, these compositions incorporate the local popular culture in which Maria humorously commenting and critiquing on the bitter realities of our society.
Maria’s work engages with the subjects such as the toxicity of rishta culture in our desi families, the embedded notion of an ideal fairer skin, the double standards of mullah’s, the exhibitionist culture of our elite class as well as the maniacal consumerist behavior on sales days. Visuals in her work are a blend of local popular icons and symbols along with the addition of text as the main component, in order to create irony and satire.