Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Anais Missakian

Second Advisor

Lisa Scull

Third Advisor

Ijlal Muzaffar


“Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Migration,” the title of both my thesis work and thesis book, calls attention to displacement and forced migration as a disruption in the continuity of place, relationships, identity, memory, and time. Through a collection of textiles, I try to capture the psychological, social, and physical effects of forced migration and communicate the impact of political violence on identity and coexistence.

In this book, I position myself within the context of how the current Indian government is attempting to rewrite the nation’s history and distort India’s pluralistic story. I tell a personal narrative of displacement in harrowing tales of loss, alienation, and the search for and reaffirmation of identity, home, and belongingness in a beleaguered nation that seems to have lost its way. The essays in this book traverse a range of subjects from alienation to migration of my family that open the scars of citizenship, home, and belongingness from India’s partition into Hindustan (current India) and Pakistan to the present day.


View exhibition online: Hammad Abid, Insecurities - Tracing Displacement and Migration



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