Performance art is considered derogatory, even among the art community, says artist Natasha Jozi

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Performance art is considered derogatory, even among the art community, says artist Natasha Jozi

She was born to a poet, to compose poetry, make art, create street performances, and have no other concept of life in mind.

 

A versatile performance artist and director, Natasha Jozi was lucky to be raised in a house where reading, writing and freedom of expression were highly encouraged. Composing poetry and painting from a tender age, her first compilation of poetry was published when she was in her teens.

 

“On my first painting, my father gifted me a book about medieval art. Sitting besides me, he opened the book with a nude image on the third page. He was the first person to tell me, at the age of 11, that the nude figure is also a part of life; there is nothing unusual about it and you don’t have to be fixed or afraid of making any form of art. It was a watershed moment that set me free from restrictions, which hinder the creative expression and independent thinking,” she explains the conducive environment she grew up in.

 

She says she is grateful to Aasim Akhtar for introducing her to the fundamentals of art at Fatima Jinnah University.

 

“I felt myself lucky to be in a university where I had no sense of entitlement like students of established art institutions. It’s an institution with very limited resources and little faculty and very few practicing artists. I developed an understanding of seeking knowledge and learning on my own. It made me fearless and completely independent,” she explains.

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