Pakistani artist Shazia Sikandar made international headlines a few weeks ago when her statue ‘Havah…, to breathe, air, life’ was installed on the rooftop of the New York appellate courthouse.
Conservative US news channel Fox News covered the installation of the statue on Tucker Carlson’s show, where he criticized Sikander’s artwork and called it ‘satanic’. He also said that New York officials made a terrible decision to replace former President Theodore Roosevelt’s statue with Havah.
On her Instagram page, Sikander posted a screenshot of the racist coverage, along with some of the hateful comments she had received about her artwork, calling out their misogyny. She clarified that ‘Havah’ was not a statute of late Supreme Court judge Ruth Badger Ginsberg. However, she did take inspiration from her.