Asim Butt 1978-2010
I didn’t know him personally. I only knew his name and a few of his works. He ended his life on 15th January 2010. The reasons of doing so are unknown and who would like to know because it wouldn’t bring him back anyway.
I always appreciate good art and Asim Butt was the promising and emerging artist who had created suggestive and stirring graffiti in protest of the 3rd November 2007 emergency. His simple red color ‘eject’ sign was a strong message for the ‘Military must exist politics’ as well as ‘Dictator 420 Hum Daikhain Gaiy’. It was the spirit and dedication of such members of the civil society that helped us cruise through those trying times.
It’s always heart breaking to see young people die like that. I hope the departed soul finds peace and the bereaved family finds solace.
Here is a brief bio of Asim Butt published on the BBC website in 2007:
Asim Butt is an artist who paints, sculpts and has an interest in graffiti and print-making. He studied social sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lums) and went on to study for a PhD in the United States. But before completing the program, he switched to art.
He has also spent four years studying art at Karachi’s respected Indus Valley School for Arts.
He says he has been painting since an early age but went to study at Lums and in the US on the insistence of his parents. A ‘subversive’ artist, he has been a part of the recent protests in Pakistan against the imposition of emergency. He has done anti-government graffiti on the city walls and posters for protest demonstrations.
His rebellious nature stems from what he calls his longing for the restoration of people’s dignity, which he feels has been usurped by the military as a dominant power in social and economic life. He hails from a well-to-do family and lives with his parents in Karachi’s wealthy neighborhood of Defense Housing Authority.
That’s his Facebook Page.
Teeth Maestro’s tribute.