Artist Maria Qamar Inspires ‘Bad Betis’ This Halloween
Pakistani-Canadian artist Maria Qamar inspired bad betis across the world to post pictures of themselves mimicking an illustration she put up on her widely followed Instagram account.
Here’s what she posted:
Desi instagrammers recreated the look using the #badbeti hashtag. Here’s a look at a few of them:
Qamar is known for her kitsch illustrations which are inspired from Roy Lichteinstein’s comic book style. Her art work captures the dichotomy of being an immigrant, and tries to bridge the gap between the ‘Desi’ and Canadian cultures. Her drawings often take a dig at the things traditional desi aunties say, and have hit a chord with thousands of South Asian women.
“I’m taking what already exists [in our culture] and laughing about it like an inside joke,” she said, describing her art to the BBC.
Simon and Schuster has also released ‘Trust No Aunty’, a book Qamar wrote based on her work. The book is written as a tongue-in-cheek guide ‘designed to help you manage Aunty-Meddling.’
Qamar’s exhibits her work through the brand ‘Hatecopy.’