“Have you ever noticed how similar an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) is to a clarinet? Or when it’s propped up on a militants shoulder, it looks exactly like a trombone? A five-piece Chalghi band posing for a photograph mirrors a scene from a hostage video, and violins look just like tanks from an aerial perspective.”- Sundus Abdul Hadi, multimedia artist, Canada/Iraq
Music is an integral part of visual arts in so many different obvious and subtle ways, and the third issue of TFM is pretty much devoted to exploring this relationship. The above quote is in the context of the multimedia project ‘Warchestra’ by Sundus who is featured in the ‘People’ section of this issue. It’s an extremely interesting project, the one that drew us to Sundus’s rest of the brilliant portfolio. Music is her first love, Sundus confessed during our conversation. She used to play piano for a decade before she even started drawing and painting. For ‘People’, we also have Lisk Feng – Chinese illustrator based in the US – who played violin when she was growing up, sang jazz when she was in college, and plays guitar now. In fact, she wanted to be a musician initially, and not an illustrator.
The other creative we have in the same section is Malvika Mehra, Indian advertising and design professional, who grew up with a great variety of LPs and cassettes in her house ranging from Jagjit Singh to Boney M to Paul Anka, thanks to her family’s eclectic taste in music. Our fourth interviewee, for our very rare ‘Things’ column, is Japanese artist Hiné Mizushima who pretty much started her career as a “crafter” (slow crafting, needle felting, miniature collages, weaving, etc.) when she created artwork for one of her favorite bands, They Might Be Giants.
And then, of course, we have our cover feature ‘Music & Visual Arts’ where we have spoken to eight creatives from different countries to talk about the role of music in their life and work. We have got some really interesting stories about how music influences them and about some of their particular projects that revolve around music in some way. The creatives include Samya Arif, visual artist from Pakistan; Yael Bronner Rubin, South Africa born, Israeli artist based in Hong Kong; Shiho Kito, independent curator and photographer from Japan; Ayappa KM, India based ad film director and co-founder, Early Man Film; Homayra Adiba, documentary photographer from Bangladesh; Anoop K Bhat, architect and illustrator from India; Sameer Kulavoor, Indian visual artist and founder, Bombay Duck Designs; and Sai Selvarajan, Sri Lanka born and USA based filmmaker and editor. Oh, and we managed to get eight terrific playlists from them too, which we will be sharing on our Journal in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
We had a lot of fun putting this issue together, and we really hope you enjoy it as much. We would love to hear from you at [email protected]