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Rubaba Haider is intimately aware of the turbulent knots that threaten to unravel a network of vulnerable threads. The Hazara artist’s empathetic advocacy for diverse cultures casts light into the shadows of suffering. Her hyperreal paintings of interwoven threads and needles expose the complexities and struggles prevalent in human experience.

BORN IN QUETTA, PAKISTAN, YOU ARE A HAZARA woman, Rubaba. What does this means to you?

When I think of the word ‘Hazara’, I think minority. I used to hide my identity; it was hard work living in threat. The persecutions started when my brother was seventeen, so my mother sent him to Australia by boat to keep him safe. We are grateful for her support and education; it’s a credit to

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