Wichita Art Museum Pakistani Cargo Truck Art Update: Pakistan’s ‘truck art’ is now quite a well-known ‘genre’ around the world. For long, it has been an homegrown art-form in South Asia, especially in Pakistan, where the whole idea of decorating trucks (also, lorries and even rickshaws) with complex floral patterns and poetic calligraphy, has evolved in the most radiant and innovative manner.
This indigenous art-form became known to the developed world from the 1970s onwards when European and American tourists took back the photographs they had taken of heavily painted and decorated trucks and buses on the roads and streets of Pakistan.
From the late 1980s, the government of Pakistan and enterprising individuals began to organise truck art exhibitions abroad and by the early 2000s, the genre had established itself as an exciting and vibrant ‘folk art-form’ from Pakistan.
The huge flamboyantly colored trucks and auto rickshaws have become one of the most prominent cultural symbols of Pakistan. The design on each truck is unique and different in its own way.
Given how well-received Pakistani truck art is becoming all over the world, a Pakistani-American artist named Asheer Akram has taken it upon himself to display these work of art trucks in America Wichita Art Museum Pakistani Cargo Truck Art.
The artist is very passionate about his work. His truck art designs will be displayed in the Wichita Art Museum Pakistani Cargo Truck Art in Kansas.
He came up with the idea of this project when he came to Pakistan for a residency program. Throughout his stay, he observed the beautiful art that could be seen on the trucks.
These trucks gave birth to the idea of how to promote a positive image of Pakistan, inside him for Wichita Art Museum Pakistani Cargo Truck Art.
After returning to the US he started the Pakistan Cargo Truck initiative.
While writing about his passion for his work he wrote in a post on Facebook:
“I am certain about one thing- this project and its off shoots are as important today as they were when it first rolled out.”
He further added:
“Not only as a tool for spreading cultural awareness but as a method of opening up a dialog about current events with younger generations. We are thrilled to have her still rolling strong. Fighting #racism and #bigotry since 2013.”
The truck used in his project is a Chevrolet grain truck which he has decorated with the typical Pakistani truck art with a splash of modern art in Wichita Art Museum Pakistani Cargo Truck Art.
On his website, he says that the trucks covered in the new motifs and designs seek to “captivate everyone and inspire them to investigate cultures outside of their everyday surroundings.”
His aim is to promote a positive image of Pakistan and explain the social and cultural identity of his native country.