TAYYAB TARIQ

Sociologists have long argued about whether or not we are controlled by the structure of the society in which we live in; in other words, are we or are we not ‘puppets of society’. Social structure theorists such as Functionalists and conflict theorists like Marxists believe that we are ‘puppets’ and that our behavior controlled by the structure of the society in which we live in. Being a Pakistani is my loudest identity, generally. Here I tried to put that notion in my sculptural installation. The work “Social Puppet” refers to notion of our everyday life: we, as people, are trying to convince others that we are pious and reliable; that we just want to align everyone to our thoughts, but deep inside we know we are not that pure. The fake self-projection in the age of the selfie became a part of our daily life and habit. We are puppets and we project ourselves and our identities on others, trying to convince them to a fact we ourselves are not convinced by.

– Tayyab Tariq, “Social Puppet”

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