Sunday, 16 September 2012

Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Migration Stories - Pakistan

Just a few observations on the National Galleries of Scotland's Migration Stories from Pakistan.  As history informs us, the vast majority of Pakistanis who came to Scotland (UK generally) came from extremely poor backgrounds.  They came to earn their living and look after their, often, large families.

I wonder how many of these families that are being showcased at our National Galleries have this story to tell?  How many of them came from affluent families in Pakistan?  How many of these families are from the small percentage of Pakistani Scots who are millionaires?  And why is this exhibition promoting a by and large neat and tidy heteronormative family structure?

If Scotland wants to be at the forefront as a progressive nation then we must present the bigger picture.



 

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