Artist Khalil Chishtee creates work from discarded plastic bags, expressing feelings of sorrow, dejection and even victimhood. He creates art from used plastic bags and he believes that art needs to lead to self-discovery and to a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.
Before the climate change entered the public debate, Chishtee (2010) reflected on the notion of recycling in some cultures which was not directly linked to environmental awareness, but with human greed. He referred to his experience and life in Pakistan, before moving his studio to the US.
Here is an interview with Khalil Chishtee, published in Art Now: Contemporary Art of Pakistan. He currently lives and works in both US and Pakistan.
© Maria Stadnicka, 2020
More information about Khalil Chishtee’s work and major biennales participation is available here.