Pakistan Lecture Series: Naiza Khan

When 10 Oct 2011 - 19 Oct 2011

Naiza Khan

October 10 – 19 2011

October 10, Yale University

October 12, Cornell University

October 13, University of Texas at Austin

October 16, University of California, Berkeley

October 19, University of California, Los Angeles

Press Release:

Naiza Khan is a leading contemporary artist from Pakistan. She is also a founding member and former coordinator of the VASL Collective of artists, as well as a major curator of Pakistani art. As an artist, Naiza Khan’s work engages with the most compelling issues facing Pakistan today, including the contested role of women, and the question of participation in public space by marginal groups. Her work has been widely exhibited and discussed in academic and popular forums nationally and internationally, and subject of a number of academic studies, including Iftikhar Dadi’s Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia. As a founding organizer of the VASL Collective, Khan has played a key role in providing the growing artistic community in Pakistan with an indispensable forum for participation among its members, and in exchanges with the international art world (see www.vaslart.org). And as curator, Naiza Khan’s recent exhibition, The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990-2010 shown at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi, has showcased the most important work produced in the last two decades in Pakistan. The Rising Tide is possibly the first professionally curated exhibition in Pakistan, accompanied with a major catalog, and the show has attracted widespread international press coverage, including in The New York Times and BBC. In sum, Naiza Khan’s numerous achievements in her own art, as well as her devotion to the project of developing the contemporary art of Pakistan make her an ideal choice for the AIPS PLS speaker series, as she will articulate the importance of contemporary art in shaping Pakistan today to the US academic audience.

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