Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Sausan Saulat completed her Bachelors in Fine Art from The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2006, and her Master’s in Fine Arts in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design, which she attended as a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship Grant and was awarded the SCAD/NYC Workspace Residency Spring of 2013. Sausan has exhibited in Pakistan and the US. Her video work screened at the Passion for Freedom Festival, Unit 24 Gallery, London, Alwan for the Arts 2012 Video Slam, New York, the VAFA International Video Art Festival, Macao, the One Take Film Festival, Gallery Zagreb, Croatia, WAMMfest International, Towson University Maryland, the Images Festival 2013, Toronto and Bideodromo International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Bilbao, Spain.
Through her expression she touches on the variations which effect the lives of women in a closed society. Trapped in their capsule of coping with stress and greater expectations to keep it together in the modern world. At the Exhibit a few pieces stood out for The Karachi Voice. The First is a piece titled “Dirty Laundry- ‘Prevacid for heartburn'” which is the projection of a woman’s face and a stamped mark of an clothing iron on her heart; all of which was projected on an ironing board in a dark setting. The Second piece is titled ‘Prozac Nation’ and is a structure of a gold ring in a box adorned with that infamous blue pill that people use to self medicate. This piece is particularly thought provoking as it highlights the not so often discussed idea of self medicating to cope with stress in a closed society, particularly when it comes to women. Last but not the least is the depiction of portraits through an airplane window with capsules scattered across. We believe this was the main clue for the exhibit and an introductory feel to her work for first time viewers. The exhibit also made other statements about greater themes such as love, immigration and unity. However, these pieces were particularly unique to us for not only being eye catching but novel in Pakistani Art. Not many artists talk about Pakistani women in a real way. Even though she has used surrealism to depict her message we’re glad Sausan Saulat has got us talking.