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MEHREEN HASHMI

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Oct
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WHO WILL ATTEND MY FUNERAL?

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When a child or a woman or a man get bullied or abused, a part of it dies emotionally. There is an element of mental and emotional health which shows its side-effects later in life. The trauma stays with the person in the form of patterns of attracting same behavior and nightmares. There are numerous consequences to the victim. I was abused physically, emotionally and also sexually for almost 20 years of my early age. That period of time has affected my later years in the form of developmental trauma. Now that I am a grown woman in early 30s, I still suffer some fragments of it in cognitive part of my brain. This is my story, I want you to share your story; tell me how you feel about it and the ways it has affected your life later or now. and I will include anonymously in my work. If you have suffered through abuse of any violence i.e. childhood abuse, domestic violence, narcissist mothers etc.

My work has been a depiction of aftermath of childhood abuse; but it doesn’t end with leaving the premises and people who are effecting it. While narrating my trauma and breakdowns through my self-portraits, I discovered a genre of emotion in my work. It’s a life-long struggle while making friends, involving in more abusive relationships and emotional stability of one self. We have been trained to fabricate our expressions and suppress the emotions. We get to know about domestic violence, rape cases and child survivors of such heinous crimes but we don’t get to the effects of aftermath of it on one’s mind, body and soul. Its a curatorial activism for the survivors of abuse and trauma.

You can email your story to mehreen.curator@gmail.com with a subject 'Who will attend my funeral?' mentioning your origin by December 31st. Your identity will be kept as anonymous. Selected context from your stories will be used in my post card series.

First display of this work will take place at Chittagong Biennale, Bangladesh in February 2019.

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