Islamabad-We are in mid November and still Islooties are not sure whether winter has arrived in their city or not. It is bright sunshine in the morning, haze in the afternoon and chilly in the evening before getting cold in the night. Marc P George, Ambassador of Switzerland in Pakistan, picked just the right time to invite guest at his residence to an award ceremony for an art competition titled as ‘We the Peoples, We the Arts’ at 3pm. The initiative was very noble and the idea was to engage young artist enrolled in art colleges throughout Pakistan to show the theme of ‘Zero Hunger’ through visual art.

He was not alone as UNIC and Swiss Development  Cooperation also chipped in this endeavour as it comes under the umbrella of Sustainable Development Goals  also known as SDG. The whole theme ‘Zero Hunger’ was categorized in form of sculpture, painting and miniature painting.

To rightly judge the talent, a jury comprising of Swiss and international art experts was formed to select a winner for each art form.

All entries were judged using the same criteria that is creativity, composition, theme and technique. The Sustainable Development Goals were set by the UN member states with a tasks including end of poverty, protection of this mother earth and to ensure prosperity for all over the next 15 years. The students who participated in this competition were representing NCA Lahore, NCA Rawalpindi, Karachi University, Peshawar University and Indus Valley.

The paintings and sculptures disseminated strong messages behind the work and labour which has gone into the creation.

With a base line ‘Zero Hunger’ the artists defined their creations as well.

A sculpture titled as ‘Unwanted Scrapes’ by Haseeb Ullah Zafar, a 22-year-old student of NCA Lahore  depicted a  powerful message. 

A tall trunk shape sculpture was created with bits and pieces of scrap which were fused together to make something monumental and something solid at the same time.

The story it told was that the putrid flesh did not decay and vanish from the street but instead sat forever in front of our eyes, a constant reminder of our careless immoderation, the world would be a bit different.

A painting titled DIG by Syed Shuja Ahmed; belonging to Department of Visual Arts University of Karachi envisioned his idea of Zero Hunger by showing a globe   made of wire and jute but very delicate.

It conveys the mixture of artificial and natural material the world has been made of, and pouring it showing fruits and vegetables in the globe in their natural form to fill the world with these blessings and promote zero hunger in every region.

Zainab Abdul Hussain, a student of Indus Valley School of Arts Karachi was more poetic when coming up with her understanding of Zero Hunger.

“My piece portrays the feeling and experience of children when they receive even a small amount of food and become very grateful for what they got.

She titled it on the famous poem penned by Mirza Asad Ullah Khan Galib, “Hazaaron Khawhishien Aisi”.

The work showed big donuts with two children as miniatures trying to get a bite out of the donut to fill their hungry appetites.

Vittorio Cammarota, Director UNIC also spoke on the occasion and elaborated on the efforts behind the whole concept being put together.

The event was attended by Mostly European ambassadors apart from the students who had participated in this competition.

– The writer is a freelance contributor.