Hira Butt’s work explores the place of South Asian women within marital and domestic spaces. This work has developed as a result of personal experience and conversations with married Pakistani women on the artists’ recent trip to Pakistan. Butt explores the layered complexity of traditional culture and how it can be used to exploit the meaning of relationships.
Her piece centres on golden bangles which are often gifted to Pakistani women on their wedding day, as a symbol of trust and value. The bangles are unassuming, seen by Butt as having become part of South Asian women’s personal lives. Butt reworks these bangles changing their function and raising questions about the wedding day and the life promised that may not materialise.
Image from mixed media installation: Dhee Kahani ( Daughter’s Tale) (2020)