The son of famous Pakistani political Bhutto family, Zulfikar Bhutto Junior takes to art to convey his message.
Son of the late Murtaza Bhutto and Ghinwa Bhutto who currently heads the PPP-Shaheed Bhutto is a young artist who conveys himself as an artist of Pakistani and Lebanese heritage. In his close to 8-minute video; Zulfikar Bhutto Junior begins the video discussing his experience and difficulty of being a queer performer in San Francisco, United States of America. He then discusses the paradox of strong men in society, to which he disagrees and claims that “masculinity is softness”. According to him:
“Wars in the world take place because of this concept of Strength.”
Talking about his artistry, he also mentions the use of collages and videos to represent sensitive and dark images. The video directed by Urvashi Pathania then diverts to the anti-Islam statements uttered by Donald Trump (now the president of USA), aiming to ban Muslims from entering into America. To which Zulfikar Bhutto Junior comment rather politically “Why is being a Muslim such a political issue?”
In an interview with Dawn, Sameera Raja quoted:
“I’ve known Zulfi for many years and have been following his art. If somebody is from a high-profile family, more people will see his work, whereas other artists, who may be talking about the same things more openly, will not get noticed. It doesn’t matter what his concerns are. Whatever they are, he has to voice them. Of course, it will get projection because it’s Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, but others will not get that kind of exposure. And that doesn’t just happen in art, it happens in every field.”
Politics In Blood
In his video, he also mentions the political figures of his family and how tragically the were murdered including his father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. It’s not hard to determine the politics runs in his blood. Keeping in view the current status of Muslims in the world especially in America, Zulfikar Bhutto Junior commented:
“Why is being Muslim such a political issue? It’s not me, it’s you, the white man, you have called me out… I’m a Muslim because the white man tells me so.”
Despite being from an influential political family, Zulfikar Bhutto Junior chose art as his profession and it will be exciting to see the display of Pakistani politics through his art as he further progresses as an artist.
Watch The Whole Interview of Zulfikar Bhutto Junior Here