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Naiza Khan, "Objects from the Deep: The Art of Naiza Khan"

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:45pm

Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive
ICM Artist's Talk Series

Artist, London and Karachi

Specific projects to be discussed include: Restore the Boundaries: The Manora Project/ Henna Hands/ Archive of Weather History /The Journey We Never Made, recently shown at the Kochi-Muzirus Biennale 2017. The artist will discuss The Journey We Never Made, a ​new project exhibited at the Kochi Biennale 2016-17 that references the collaborative nature of creative production in South Asia, and drawings based on visits to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam exploring ​issues of migration, exchange, trade, and the impact of nature on culture and objects. This is a research-based conceptual work, which looks at the anthropological impulse to excavate the link between objects, nature, and the community. The artist will start with a brief survey of her work accompanied with images and shots of installations and then delve into the talk. She will also show film clips from The Observatory and Near and Far Sights/ Sites Converge.
Naiza Khan trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and the Wimbledon College of Art, London. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, including at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016), the Colombo Art Biennale (2016), and the Shanghai Biennale (2012), as well as in exhibitions, such as Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York, USA (2009); Art Decoding Violence, XV Biennale Donna, Ferrara, Italy (2012); Desperately Seeking Paradise, Art Dubai, UAE (2008); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); and the Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt (2010). As a founding member and long-time coordinator of the Vasl Artists’ Collective in Karachi, Khan has worked to foster art in the city, and participated in a series of innovative art projects in partnership with other workshops in the region, such as the Khoj International Artists’ Association, Delhi; the Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka; and the Theertha International Artists Collective, Colombo. In addition, she has curated three exhibitions of Pakistani contemporary art, including The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990–2010 at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi. In 2013, Khan had her first major retrospective at an American institution: Karachi Elegies at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. The same year, she received the Prince Claus Award presented by the Dutch Prince Claus Fund in recognition of her exceptional work and initiatives in the fields of art and culture.
This event is free and open to the public. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact as soon as possible.

Poster design by Momin Zafar

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