On Wings of Diesel
On Wings of Diesel: Identity, Imagination and Truck Decoration in Pakistan. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2011.
Illustrated with beautiful colour photos throughout, On Wings of Diesel takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of Pakistani truck decoration. Considered as moving art, these trucks-veritable roving exhibitions-depict all aspects of life and support a highly developed artisanal industry. Exploring the significance of the practice, Jamal J. Elias provides a unique window on Pakistan, and addresses complex questions of culture, society, and religion in an accessible and entertaining way.
"A brilliant, solidly constructed study. This is a commanding work of scholarship." - David Morgan, Duke University