Maria Qamar, more commonly known as Hatecopy, is a Canadian artist whose work is inspired by her life as a first generation Indian female in the West. She is a pop artist who critiques society and reflects on her own culture, as well as the American media’s interpretation of it. While her pieces are humorous, many also serve the purpose of pushing for inclusivity, in both her own culture and in the West, as well as drawing attention to gender roles, cultural appropriation, and many related issues.
Qamar frequently posts her work on Instagram and incorporates humor and her personal views in her pieces. She is also the author of a book, Trust No Aunty, which she describes as a collection of pop art that includes recipes, career advice, a little drama, and a humorous and sarcastic take on growing up as an Indian in the West.
Qamar’s pop art is inspired by the styles of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Her work has been displayed in Toronto, New York City, and London, and has also been featured by BBC World, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue. Hatecopy’s art is not only her creative outlet but spreads awareness about social issues with relatability and humor. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can find it on her Instagram account, @hatecopy.
(Copyright 2019 Evelyn Sharma)