By using my logo to brand the Sindh Festival, Bilawal Bhutto has done something for me on a very personal level...from so many miles away, I am connected instantly with the streets of my motherland (a place where I thought I was forgotten), the ruins, the people, the media, the culture, the artists, the artisans - through something I drew almost ten years ago now (in fact it was the last time I was in Pakistan)...that small connection I made with people...through a piece of art...definitely tugged at my heartstrings.
Like Bilawal, I have always been told I am not Pakistani enough for Pakistan. Whether one lives there or not, you cannot change genetics, and you cannot change that desire to connect with the people. You can take me out of Pakistan, but you can't take Pakistan out of me...as you can clearly see below...
The country should embrace people that want to belong, rather than ridicule them and push them away. There is strength in numbers.
|image from: Express Tribune
There have been critics galore of every aspect of the Sindh Festival, including the logo. But then again, we are a people that find fault in a treasure like Malala, or a hero like Aitzaz - so a festival is fair game I suppose.
I might be a touch biased, but I'll put it here, because I'm sick and tired of hearing accusations on the Interwebs of the logo being 'stolen'. Pure ignorance. In my opinion....you can't steal something that is ubiquitous in popular culture...the whole point of it is to reference a pop culture icon.
It happens all the time, people make spoofs, people repurpose, its meant to be amusing....no one is trying to lay claims on the original logo.... do you think I was like... hmm maybe if I put this out there... no one will notice the similarities with superman?
I do it all the time, and I've done it with other logos too... I'm a graphic designer, and I get bored of designing regular corporate logos... so I like to play in the realm I know best. Others throughout history have played with logos, and pop culture symbols. Please google: Andy Warhol, and I'd be interested to know if anyone thinks he 'stole' from Campbell's ...
|Superjew - from stupidtees.co.uk
|From http://www.greg-guillemin.com/85780/1012746/gallery/the-secret-life-of-heroes Gregoire Guillemin
|my mom when she was a 14-15 yr old