Maria Qamar is a Pakistani Canadian artist and satirist. She has written two books based on her desi background, incorporating satire of some of the desi traditions. Qamar has mixed opinions of some of the desi traditions and that can be seen in her identifying as somewhat Western-punk and goth styled. Both styles kind of buck against tradition. Qamar had difficulty fitting in when her family moved to Canada when she was nine, and that continued through adulthood as she faced scrutiny over her ethnicity. Her work life was negatively impacted by sexism and misogyny as her strong opinions were discredited because she was a woman, and ultimately led to her being fired from an advertising position. All of her life experiences and ethnic background traditions are incorporated into her art.
- Writer, satirist, Qamar, has an Instagram feed, entitled Hatecopy, where she shares things that get under her skin, like white girls wearing bindis.
- Qamar explains that an Aunty is an older woman, not necessarily related, who believes she has your best interests at heart.
- She also warns that said Aunts have been known to give bad advice, such as suggesting a young woman take a marriage offer at 15.
“With Trust No Aunty, her new book of Pop Art and satire, the 26-year-old Pakistani Canadian brings the experience of desi girls into the comedy limelight.”