Issue 13

Moving Images

Truck Art in Pakistan

Page 174
Martin Sökefeld

The categorical imperative of Pakistani truck art seems to be: Decorate everything! Not only are the visible surfaces of trucks adorned; the normally invisible insides of the cargo holds and even the undersides of the bonnets are also painted. Similarly, apart from the surfaces, technical gear like bars, rods, screws, bolts or wing mirrors are also decorated. Even so there are different degrees of decoration, this degree being measurable by how much of the base colour of the truck remains visible. On the most lavishly decorated vehicles, called disco garis, no square inch remains unadorned (cover photo; photo 1 and 2).