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Special interview of Tusif Ahmad (Paper Cutting Artist)
January 12, 2018

Tusif Ahmad (Paper Cutting Artist):

Perth based artist Tusif Ahmad gained excellence in paper-cutting art that is influenced by the traditional intricate patterns and symbols found in Islamic art. His work is exhibited and praised in many countries including Australia, London, Cyprus, Abu Dhabi and Pakistan. Speaking in Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel program, Tusif Ahmad said that paper cutting art has been once considered as a delicate art form. Now it is being used all over the world and this work has been known as one of the pillars of art and calligraphy. This work is highly tempting on windows and doors of the houses and offices. According to the artist, he started learning this work from a world-renowned Pakistani artist Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi in Super Market in Islamabad. He said that currently he is working on Islamic art especially on Surah e Rehman of Holy Quran. Tusif Ahmad said that paper art could bring harmony among different cultures and civilizations. He said that it is one of the means of recognizing humanity as a well wisher and peace loving creature of Allah Almighty. Tausif Ahmad, a Pakistani artist has used the technique to make illustrations on the events in the life of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). He said that Sirat-un-Nabi; Life of the Prophet (PBUH) can be appropriately displayed though paper art in Pakistan and the Muslim world. Though there is no pictorial reference or image of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) or any revered personality, being absolutely prohibited in Islam, the artwork gives a message that relates to a particular incident in the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The exhibition of his 19 artworks, which he created over a period of five years, opened at the COMSATS Art Gallery (CAG). He said that Pakistani artists can create diverse people-to-people connections between the different cultures. Ahmad explained the passion behind exploring this art form. “The process of cutting a paper and turning them into a beautiful design is my soul. The intricacy of the design and fragility of it when cut is mesmerising,” he said. “All of my pieces, which I am bringing, are completely hand cut, so all are unique and one of a kind. I represent in my art, how different religions truly teach the same basic principles of love, compassion and empathy and how we must all embody those amazing qualities in life.”

Host: Latif

Co-host: Prof. Saeed

In-charge: Asad