A3 Poster - Artwork by Asad Ali

A3 Poster - Artwork by Asad Ali

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 “This is my self-portrait inspired by the original “Boy with a Basket of Fruit” from Caravaggio. Why did I paint this? Because I felt like the boy holding the basket. He couldn’t eat the fruit because the painter paid him to stand still and hold the basket. I was like him, close to the fruit and the veg but so out of reach and I just kept being hungry and needing opportunity. I painted this, in my stroke style during the pandemic. The discrimination of Hazaras was - and still is- so intense that everyone was giving us their backs. Three years later, I sought asylum in Australia and this is one of the five paintings I managed to bring with me. No clothes, no other personal belongings. Just my art.”