Mobeen Ansari

Mobeen Ansari is a photographer, sculptor and filmmaker from Pakistan and narrates stories of his country; his point of focus is to capture its rich history and highlight the diversity of its people and places.

Mobeen has published two photography books Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation & The White in the Flag. Dharkan features portraits of iconic people of Pakistan and unsung heroes, and White in the Flag is a portrayal of lives and festivities of religious minorities of Pakistan. Both the books have been endorsed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, who has been photographed by Mobeen a few times.

Frame within a frame, Gulmit

At three weeks of age, he lost his hearing due to severe meningitis. However, he takes it not as a handicap, but as a challenge which has made him more sensitive to his surroundings, and more observant and has given him the ability to understand people and places more compassionately.

He has also given two TED talks, and had the privilege of speaking at numerous workshops and seminars internationally, including Biblioteca Henestrosa in Oaxaca, Mexico, USC in Los Angeles, John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles; and in different universities and forums across Pakistan.

He has held exhibitions around the world, including the USA, Italy, Iraq and China.

Arore Rock, Sindh

As a photographer, he passionately works in the development sector and has been involved in numerous campaigns and projects. Last year he was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- to capture photographs of unsung heroes and back end workers; of polio eradication campaign. https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/uae-polio-vaccination-programme-reaches-57-million-children-in-pakistan-1.783408

As a filmmaker, he has successfully made two short films. His first film (Hellhole – released in 2016) is based on the life of conservancy workers, better known as “Gutter Cleaners” as seen through life; the film aimed to capture the often forgotten humanity of one such worker.

His second film, Lady of the Emerald Scarf (2018) which was set in the heart of Gulmit village in Gilgit Baltistan (Northern Pakistan);Lady of The Emerald Scarf is a short silent film which follows a day in the life of Aziza, a carpet maker and shepherd, spread through winter and spring seasons. It explores her relationship with her surroundings, with the focus on the symbology of emerald, the colour of her scarf.