Having lived and grown up in Karachi, Noman has experienced this city in all its shapes and forms over the years. Through the ups and downs in the political and security situation to the development of the infrastructure. Karachi has always been this way – a city that doesn’t cease to grow. It’s comparable to what you can call a man-made jungle – a wild one.
Karachi has seen its fair share of ups and downs from the time that it was just a small fishing village to the time of the British Raj; to the violence from a decade or so ago, to how it is right now – a constantly changing and evolving city. While this city has changed so much over the years, the different eras that it has gone through have left their signs. Some of the most notable being the colonial era architecture from the British Raj.
Noman’s work has always been about his experience and relationship to this city. He has always been fascinated by how much it has changed and how much the people have been changing along with it. He has focused on highlighting some of the issues that the city has seen in a symbolic manner through his sculptural work.