Journal Entry #3

Maria Qamar, also known as Hatecopy, is a Pakistani-Canadian artist that uses pop-art graphic styled work to make social commentary on “Desi-culture”. Her work focuses on immigrant families, complex intergenerational relationships and diasporic struggles. A lot of her work references Bollywood movies, South Asian pop-culture and globally relatable immigrant family issues.

Even though her work clearly references traditional ben-day dot comics and Roy Lichtenstein, her work is definitely inspired by and influenced by hip-hop as well. Comics and hip-hop have a history of crossing over, for example, Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree (as pictured above).

Hatecopy’s work is social commentary. Her work is often a direct critique of diaspora culture and authority, which aligns seamlessly in the realm of hip-hop as well. This piece in particular, Get Me Out, has a very post-apocalyptic fear concept that isn’t too dissimilar to themes explored in hip-hop. Hatecopy briefly explains her thoughts behind the design in an interview with Applied Arts Magazine: “It kind of screams danger, the red has a lot of meaning to it, ignites fear and anger.” 

This design has been produced as phone cases and clothing to rep on the streets.

(As an aside, I am not a fan of her work at all. But she’s a brown woman making bank, so it’s fine.)

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