Borrowed Bakras

Images for postcards
Rabbya & Hurmat
2013 – 2014

When I was a boy, my family took great care with our snapshots. We really planned them. We
made compositions. We dressed up. We posed in front of expensive cars, homes that weren’t ours.
We borrowed dogs. Almost every family picture taken of us when I was young had a different
borrowed dog in it. The photographs on these pages are of my mother, my sister and myself. It
seemed a necessary fiction that the Avedons owned dogs.

(Avedon, Borrowed Dogs, 2002).

This collaborative performance piece between Rabbya aseer and Hurmat Ul AIn is a site-specific work in the elite neighborhood of Lahore suburbs at the time of Eid in years 2013 and 2014. After Richar Avedon’s Essay, Borrowed Dogs on assumed identities, we decided to borrow goats and other sacrificial animals on the Bakr Eid. The term Bakr referring to the animal goat.