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Have you seen these portraits of Benazir Bhutto?

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 25, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 25, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
Have you seen these portraits of Benazir Bhutto?

Photos: courtresy Mohsin Shafi

To celebrate the birthday of his queen aka Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to head a government in a Muslim country, artist Mohsin Shafi did something spectacular.

He made three portraits of the late prime minister using inkjet print on archival canvas and shared them on Instagram on June 21.

Talking to SAMAA Digital, Mohsin said he believes that there are people who leave behind incredible legacies which are remembered for decades and even centuries. “Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, I think is among those personalities whose national and international impact can still be felt even after she is gone from this world,” he added.

According to Shafi, Benazir was an enduring icon with a larger than life personality and her persona was not limited to a geographical region.

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Because its queen’s birthday! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mohtarma Malika i / 28.5cm x 39cm / inkjet print on archival canvas / ed.15 / 2020 / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. Ideologically a liberal and a secularist, she chaired or co-chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from the early 1980s until her assassination in 2007. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #benazirbhutto @hellopakistan @mashionpk @fromlahorewithlove @womanistan @asianwomanfestival @socialdiarymagazine @hipinpakistan @blogmedia.pk @nichelifestyle @vogical @somethinghauteofficial @weekendmagazine2.0 @pakistanstyleonset @tribunedit @graziapak @sundaytimes @paperazzimagazine @thisandthat.pk @okpakistan @artnowpakistan @tribunedit @graziapak @gt_magazine

A post shared by Mohsin Shafi / Pakistan. (@mohsinshafiofficial) on Jun 20, 2020 at 8:30pm PDT

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Because its queen’s birthday! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mohtarma Malika ii / 24.5cm x 39cm / inkjet print on archival canvas / ed.15 / 2020 / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. Ideologically a liberal and a secularist, she chaired or co-chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from the early 1980s until her assassination in 2007. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #benazirbhutto @hellopakistan @mashionpk @fromlahorewithlove @womanistan @asianwomanfestival @socialdiarymagazine @hipinpakistan @blogmedia.pk @nichelifestyle @vogical @somethinghauteofficial @weekendmagazine2.0 @pakistanstyleonset @tribunedit @graziapak @sundaytimes @paperazzimagazine @thisandthat.pk @okpakistan @artnowpakistan @tribunedit @graziapak @gt_magazine

A post shared by Mohsin Shafi / Pakistan. (@mohsinshafiofficial) on Jun 21, 2020 at 7:10am PDT

“She was loved by million around the globe and her personality and vision transcended boundaries and continents,” he said. “This new series of mine is memoir to Benazir Bhutto, not as politician but her charm and charisma.” He explained that for the portraits he had referenced Victorian paintings done centuries ago. “I am setting her into scenes she is never seen before to give my visual a fictional feel,” he added.

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