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Unum Babar, Fulbright 2012, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Unum Babar and her work was featured in an article in The Boston Globe. Babar came from Lahore, Pakistan, as a video artist on a Fulbright Scholarship to Mass Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media. Then she put her camera down and made low-relief drawings.

 
UNUM BABAR
HUDA BHURGRI
QAZI FAZLI AZEEM
Najeeb Ullah with his mentors Virginia and Robert Bryan at Madison WI

be going back to Pakistan this month to finish her degree.

Qazi Fazli Azeem, Fulbright 2012, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

New York, April 2nd, 2013: World Autism Awareness Day. UN urges early interventions for people on autism spectrum. Qazi Fazli Azeem was amongst the speakers in the panel discussions that took place to commemorate the day.

Two panel discussions took place to celebrate the abilities of people with autism. In addition to scholars and civil society representatives, the panels feature Neal Katz, a teenager with autism featured in the film 'Autism The Musical' Fazli Azeem, a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan who is on the autism spectrum; and Idil Azeem from Somalia, who has a child with autism.

Reporting on the event Robin Hausman Morris stated “Speakers and performers at the UN's "celebrating the ability within the disability of autism" and "transition to adulthood" were stunning in their presentations. It was a kaleidoscope of color, personality and performance. We were to be dazzled and inspired as presenters gave it their best. “

A work from Unum Babar’s series “Thin Cities,” small works made of plaster.

 

“Sculptural drawing was my first love,” she says. She built small models of buildings from home, put them in cardboard boxes, and poured plaster in to make casts. “It leaves all the marks of the paper. The texture, the fibers,” she says.

The resulting small-scale architectural casts require close-up examination, with traces of paper and the artist’s drawings on their surfaces like old posters, graffiti, and lichen on city walls. Babar has installed them as one piece, theatrically lit. “I was trying to make this new place my home,” Babar says, “and I realized home is still home. It’s so different there. So gritty and old.”

If the pieces in the installation recall home, they’re also ready to travel. “I like the idea of fitting them into a box,” Babar says. “Like a pocket-sized memory I can carry with me.”

Huda Bhurgri, UGRAD 2012, West Liberty University

Huda Bhugri was featured in The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register. West Liberty - Foreign exchange student Huda Bhurgri from Pakistan insists the culture of northern West Virginia is not much different from that of her native country.

"In Pakistani culture, people care about each other a lot," Bhurgri said. "It is the same with West Virginia. People are very connected to each other, especially families.

Bhurgri is a student in the International Program at the United States for a semester to study social work.

Bhurgri said she experienced many sides of America, including the "small town pride" of West Virginia, as well as cities such as New York and Chicago. She will

 
 
 
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