BUBBLE 27 – THESIS AT NCA Rawalpindi

Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem


I’ve been planning to write this blog post for a long time since 21st Jan (my birthday :D) but I didn’t seem to have the time to decide how to go about it. Finally I do.

So after college, I went to NCA (National College of Arts) in Rawalpindi. It is adjacent to Islamabad and depending on where you are, you can make it from one to the other in 5-20 minutes.

So, I’m not an artist but I love observing and contemplating art. I’ll see how much I can explain but art is meant to be self-explanatory. Whatever meaning you derive from a painting or a piece of work; that’s art. But I’ll try to explain wherever I can.









The above three pictures are under the heading “Anatomy” or something like that. It became quite clear in the third picture where the painting in the circle looks as if one is looking inside the heart, which looks really beautiful and was made in such detail. Also it was evident in the second picture showing different limbs.





The above three pictures are the work of an exceptional student who got a distinction for her work. Her room was made so special that it was all white and people had to wear plastic shoppers before entering the room which showed her thesis.

I took pictures of her description as one explains their own work best. I saw a couple of length of dark thread hanging on a wire. I asked the curator standing nearby what her work was about. He said that dark thread was her hair! She collected many strands of her long hair and made threads of them. The hypnotising dark line shown above her hair spun into a thread. Other displays included more bunches of hair shown in different ways such as a brush.

The theme became a bit clearer when the description included themes of anxiety and compulsive hair pulling which made me suspect it was referring to a compulsive condition called Trichotillomania.





The above painting is miniature work.






Model design for a women’s penitentiary.


This is probably made out of foam or cloth. But it looks so much like marshmallows!






The above seven pictures are made by a group of students who made a Ludo like board game with a Sindhi theme. Seven people can play at a time and each character is a character from a folktale, preferably Sindhi.

The descriptions of each character tells about their strengths which are taken from their stories which makes it very interesting as you learn more about them and have in interest in reading these tales and learning Sindhi culture as you play.

All these characters are attempting to move around the game and then get to the center in order to get the vessel first (the vessel also originating from a folktale). This is a great idea and I hope they are able to make more and sell these boars games. The group of students who made this got a distinction.

I’m not very good at translating, especially when it involves poetry but you can type these words in a translator on the Urdu side and see if it works. If not, let me know and I’ll try translating it.

The above two pictures are the work of students who expressed the words of a famous comedic poet, Anwar Masood, in a visual form. Although the letters are english, the text is urdu.

These pictures are showing how people are listening to the news and being manipulated by the media and politicians for their own gain. On the screen, they show their best self and behind the screen, they laugh at how the common people get deceived so easily by it.

This student is trying to launch an app called Apni Madad i.e “Help yourself” where people enter their location and they get updates on what volunteer and social work events are taking place nearby so they can join in. She wanted all the NGOs to collaborate with her so that they can have a wider volunteer force, which is a great idea as I’m always ready to do some social work that aims to benefit people.













Areeba Ahmed’s work and notes that got her a distinction.






Because rectangular carpets are too conventional.
















Her work was so simple yet so well made and adorable. Her work focused on trees and the stories that lie within trees. She made many cute comics of trees but what I really loved was all the notes she made and all the hard work and research involved in making her thesis.








When you step close to the above picture, the vipers starts moving.












Areej Ahmed’s work was on the dark side, involving child abuse she had experience in her life.
The second pictures gives the descriptions of each picture. The third picture shows three paintings and on the left side it shows her uncle and her in a dark room while they were playing hide-and-seek along with her cousins. When he found her, well….not all people are good.
The center picture shows her feeling naked amongst everyone and the picture on the right shows her feeling left out.
One picture shows a torn piece of paper where her father tried to teach her BODMAS. When her teacher saw the erased work where her father had written on, the teacher slapped her. Maths was no longer exciting for her.

She got a distinction for her work.
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I had a lot of fun and was very impressed by all the work that the students put up. I’m certain that they will contribute alot to art in Pakistan.

Let me know what you guys think of their work, okay?

Until then,
Allah Hafiz