My Father

My Father

My Father

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single Channel Video
Pakistan, 2010

“I was born to a father who was forty-five years older than me, and as I grew up and grew stronger, I saw him grow older and weaker. ‘My Father’ is an expression of a very personalized impression of my relationship with my father.” – Basir Mahmood

The video shows an old man trying to thread a needle: a simple task per se, but not for an old man, as the video would show. Through the course of the video, the old man continues to attempt to thread the needle but cannot succeed. Basir choses a small display size deliberately by filming the act of a needle being threaded: the small size of the needle is intended to underscore the intensity of an action that would appear as every day, and therefore insignificant, and its repetition as driven merely by the vanity of hope. The former signifies struggles of everyday life, which we usually view as trivial, but which are struggles of importance and worth, nevertheless, when viewed within the context of time and mortality. The latter signifies the gradual crumble down of human abilities with age, and how even the faculties of hope and determination dissolve into the mists of life’s twilight.

Basir Mahmood
He studied at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore dan received full scholarship for a year long from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011. He uses medium like video, film or photo and weaves various code from his findings on history and social reality. His works have been displayed in at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, III Moscow International Biennale For Young Art in Russia. Just recently, he was awarded in 18 Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, 2013.