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Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

Oct 13, 2014

10505454_300467713493094_769119879658708916_nThey’re known as “moving art”—trucks and buses that Pakistani owners have tricked out and dressed to the nines.

Amazing Stuff writes: “All across Pakistan, this rolling folk art has turned village lanes, city streets, and long-distance highways in a national gallery without walls…a free-form, kaleidoscopic exhibition in perpetual motion.”

It is said that “as early as the 1920s, competing companies would hire artists to paint their vehicles to attract patrons” and that by the late 1950s, “truck art” was thriving.

An example of a “typical” Pakistani truck as taken by Alexandros Papadopoulos in 2009:

By Alexandros.Papadopoulos from flickr.com [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alexandros.Papadopoulos from flickr.com [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Artist-in-residence truck artist Haider Ali will show his painting in progress on October 18th, at the Pacific Asia Museum. He will be joined by Dr. Denise Sandoval who is a guest curator of “La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels” at the Peterson Automotive Museum, as well as lowrider photographer Estevan Oriol. After a roundtable chat, guests are invited to a reception with Pakistani cuisine, music, and truck art-inspired activities.

 

Ali sketching on his truck

Ali sketching on his truck; all photos of Ali’s art-in-progress courtesy of Pacific Asia Museum

 

Starting at the age of eight, his father taught Ali the skills needed to become a truck artist. In 2002, Ali and bodywork expert Jamil-ud-Din were selected by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to come to Washington D.C. They were also given a truck. “Their finished masterpiece is now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection.”

Through October 22nd, “From the Grand Trunk Road to Roote 66” invites the public free of charge to observe Ali creating his truck art in real time.

 

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Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 4 p.m.
USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles, Pasadena 91101
Cost: $10, general admission; $7, students and seniors
For details, visit PacificAsiaMuseum.USC.edu

 

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Ali’s Upcoming Schedule:

  • October 15, USC Pacific Asia Museum from 10am – 6pm
  • October 16, USC Pacific Asia Museum from 10am – 6pm
  • October 17, USC Pacific Asia Museum from 10am – 8pm
  • October 18, USC Pacific Asia Museum from 10am – 8pm*
  • October 19, USC Pacific Asia Museum from 10am – 6pm
  • October 20, USC Campus 10am – 6pm; click here for location
  • October 21, USC Campus 10am – 6pm; click here for location
  • October 22, USC Pacific Asia Museum from 10am – 6pm

 

A truck art workshop; photo source Phool Patti on Facebook

A truck art workshop; photo source Phool Patti on Facebook

 

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Photos, other than noted, courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum

Haider Ali with his truck art; photos, other than noted, courtesy of USC Pacific Asia Museum

 




1 Response for “Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks”

  1. Welcome to the US Haider Ali and thank you for bringing your beautiful craft to beautiful people of sunny California. I recently connected with Ali Salman and had a great chat. If you visit the NY metro area we would like to meet up with you in person. The Market Find is an initiative to bring Pakistan’s beautiful arts and textile crafts to the US mainstream market. Truck Art Inspired products are one of our specialty. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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