Found Image: Imran Khan as The One with a Blue Throat



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Created date

November 26, 2018

Critical Commentary

  • I selected this visualization of Pakistani Muslim League-Nawaz (PML(N)) supporters' visualization of Imran Khan as Shiva and his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as Hindus for the following reasons:
  • The image is rooted in the visual aesthetics of the region, in particular Hindu iconography and politicians' likenesses.
  • The image carries the tensions of the relationships between religious minorities and electoral politics in the region.
  • The image offers a complex melding of visuals to get some insights into the relationship between religious minorities and electoral politics in the region.
  • The image has multiple significations that point to questions of containment and excess in images.


PTI Supporters. 2018. “Found Image: Imran Khan as Shiva.” In Containing Toxicity, created by Natasha Raheja. In Visualizing Toxic Subjects Digital Exhibit, curated by James Adams and Kim Fortun. The Center for Ethnography. November.