Brooklyn-based artist Morgan Schweitzer recently created a series of illustrations titled simply, ‘Pakistan’ for New York Times Magazine.
The artwork is a sharp portrayal of the political intrigues, uncertainty and violence that plague the south Asian country of 177 million people. Pakistan is at the heart of the so-called war on terror, haunted by its troubled relationship with its powerful, nuclear-armed neighbor, India and internally divided along political, religious and economic cleavages.
In these illustrations, Schweitzer depicts the wrath of helicopter gunships, the single-minded determination of Seal Team Six, the lethargy of politicians, as well as the suspicions of everyday people like cab drivers.
Looking at this artwork, one can’t help feel grateful for the security and prosperity that people in developed countries so often take for granted.
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