Muniba Mazhari – The Iron Lady of Pakistan
I was emotionally wrenched after listening to Muniba’s story, I managed to hold in my tears and ponder over her strength and courage on the verge of tears, I realized that the details to her story resemble one of my favourite painters: Frida Kahlo. I was astonished on how two women’s experiences can relate to one another on such a drastic level.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Frida Kahlo,
Frida was a Mexican painter that had suffered through severe traumatic experiences. She was involved in a crippling car accident, causing multiple injuries to pelvic region, legs, ribs and collarbones. This horrid accident had not paralyzed Frida but restricted her to bed rest for 3months wearing a plaster corset to support her vertebrae dislocation. Unable to walk or become A mother, Frida found herself immersed into isolation and depression. She started to spend her time in recovery painting; most of her paintings were self portraits.
Here are some of Frida’s works of Art
“I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to and I paint whatever passes through my head without any consideration.”
The essence behind this statement depicts her grief and all the depth that is expressed in her paintings. Her husband soon had an affair with her sister, Frida’s health deteriorated and her paintings became more raw and gruesome.
Frida was a strong proponent of feminism throughout her life and she practiced what she believed by defying stereotypes and accepting masculine features. Her favorite features being her eyebrows and mustache.
She was openly bisexual and demonstrated real women issues in her paintings.
Frida and Muniba‘s story draw similar parallels.
They belonged to a conservative and strict family background. Both of them had lost the support of their father at a young age. Muniba was forced into marriage by the age of 18 and Frida married the love of her life at the age of 22.
These young women were victims of car accidents and suffered through years of depression, losing the ability to become a mother drowned them in an ocean of sorrows along with the emotional burden of divorcing their husbands.
Muniba adopted a beautiful baby boy whereas Frida suffered through the misery of 3 abortions.
Their paintings are colorful, structured upon expressionism.
Muniba’s work-A tragedy in colors
— Muniba Mazari (@muniba_mazari) November 16, 2013
These ladies transformed their tragedy into works of art and took each day of life with a firm stroke of a brush.
Kahlo died on July 13th 1954, she was aware that her reality may face death soon to which she said,
“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope to never come back.”Live life,”
I truly believe that a part of Frida resides in Muniba, her actions speak for themselves, her detailed artwork, her style of expressionism, her longing to end suffering, her movement towards change, her fight against fear.
Her acceptance is her power, Muniba is our Frida!