I grew up in a Muslim family in the old city of Srinagar. My childhood memories are of gatherings of Sunnis and Shias outside the shrine of Sheikh Jeelan, singing nouhas, songs commemorating the events of Karbala. The other vivid memories I have are of protest marches passing through my neighborhood.
Even as a child, drawing was how I made sense of the world, how I would preserve my memories. These were, however, just the equivalent of scribbling in personal journals. I would observe the intense emotions. The interaction of those around me with the surroundings around them.
I’ve been working as a Journalist and an Artist in Kashmir where I’ve explored the themes of politics and conflict. I also investigate and explore the ideas of home, memory, and identity within the framework of comics. Besides comics, I’ve explored how animations can be used as a medium to tell stories with a more surreal connotation.
I’ve a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Kashmir and I’ve been awarded the 2018 Tata Trust Student’s Biennale Award at the Kochi Muziris Biennale and the 2019 Cultures of Resistance Creative Activism Award.