Town Planning and Architecture according to the Holy Qur'an, 2017, pencil on paper,  drawing installation (6 A4 drawings, photographic print, and table), Varied Dimensions

Town Planning and Architecture according to the Holy Qur'an, 2017, pencil on paper, drawing installation (6 A4 drawings, photographic print, and table), Varied Dimensions

Town Planning and Architecture according to the Holy Qur'an is a drawing installation using research on the history of urban planning in the city of Islamabad, Pakistan. Through extracting from publications taken from state archives, my grandfather’s personal archives as an intellectual of the photography community, and remnants of tourism material from my uncle’s failed tourism business based in Pakistan, I am interested in the logics of state urban infrastructure. This reflects the recent absurdist urbanization policies set by the recently deposed Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. There were a series of defunct public transportation systems built around various major metropolitan cities. The work calls to question the underlining religiosity that helps to propagate the state agendas in its ideals of futurity through the cityscape. The delicate hand-drawings help cement a counter-archive that undercuts such ideological formations by unravelling such histories.