The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of – Collector Brings the Magic of Hollywood to PakistanMonday, March 18, 2013
Collector and superhero enthusiast, Aamir Sajjad, has brought the magic of Hollywood and American pop culture to Pakistan in an exhibition titled ‘The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of’, held at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture gallery in Karachi. On display are nearly 60 pieces from Sideshow, WETA, Hot Toys and more.
“This is a kind of art form and needs to be presented,” said Sajjad, who has been collecting statues for the past seven years, and curated the gallery from his private collection of over 500 pieces.
The Dean of Design at IVS, Shahnaz Ismail, told the Tribune that life in Karachi was very uncertain, referring to ongoing unrest and recent bomb blast. “Exhibitions like these allow you to momentarily escape into a fantasy land. The objective of the exhibition is to bring the magic back in people’s lives which are so full of violence.”
In addition to Lollipop and Ladu’s wonderful video (above), Dawn.com also reported fan reactions to the show. Danial Ali Nanjiani, 8, kept coming back to Batman’s car, asking his dad to take pictures from every angle. “But my favorite characters are from Star Wars,” he added, pointing towards the Jedi master, Yoda.
At the other end of the room, Abdul Fahad, 24, said that through this exhibition many lesser known artists will be encouraged to showcase their work too. “My friend, Khurram Ali, made a statue of Lion-O from ThunderCats and showcased it at the annual Comic-Con held in San Diego.”
With the collectibles garnering so much praise and appreciation, Sajjad is preparing to produce and star in Pakistan’s first superhero movie, Nation Awakes. The movie will premiere a Pakistani superhero who attempts to bring people from all countries and races together on one platform. “As a country, we have yet to define our national identity,” said Sajjad. “But defining our national hero is an important part of that process.”
‘The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of’ will be on display at IVS through March 30.