Angbeen Saleem (C ‘12) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans multiple mediums, including poetry, film, graphic design, and visual art; their alumni award will support the development of a short film about a young Pakistani girl’s coming to terms with her unibrow, as her eyebrows come to life and begin speaking to her. Angbeen will work collaboratively on this project with fellow Penn Alum, Maryam Mir.
Angbeen noted in her application that “It’s rare to see such a specific depiction of South Asian childhood on display. I think it’s also important to note that it’s lighthearted and sweet. Not because heavy things are not worth making, but because I feel many people from marginalized backgrounds often get pushed into making only ‘serious’ art with a message because we are deemed to be our community’s representatives. Which often translates into not being allowed to be fun. I reject the notion and am excited about delving into the absurdities of growing up as a Pakistani girl with a unibrow.”