Sidra Ashraf is a Berlin-based Pakistani artist focusing on Installation Art and Sculpture.

Initiation is a kinetic installation representing two opposites (male and female) coming together as equals in the creation of new life.

This piece was created in the NCA, Lahore, Pakistan. Defying oppressive norms, Sidra produced technically challenging and large installations inducing awe.

Seeing the hypocrisy directed to women, the artist deems gender fluidity irrespective of religious and moral qualms an absolute necessity. It is an attempt to bring light to the inconsistencies of our vision.


The installation uses two motors attached together through fishing wires and by changing the speed and rotation of the motors, different patterns are created which are visible through directional light.

Initiation is the process of becoming and through this kinetic installation, the artist strives for the becoming of one, equality among sexes to trigger a creative mode of living. ‘Male and female gametes merge together in the egg; together they cancel each other out in their totality.’(Simone de Beauvoir).

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