Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia Sikander

b. 1969, Lahore, Pakistan


Born 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan. Lives and works in New York.

Since the early 1990s, Shahzia Sikander has been instrumental in the rediscovery, re-infusion, and re- contextualization of Indo-Persian miniature painting. Trained as a miniaturist at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Sikander has pioneered an experimental approach to the anachronistic genre. Encompassing painting; drawing; animation; installation; video, and film Sikander’s multi-dimensional praxis radically rearticulates the miniaturist tradition by inserting new dialogue that is often subversive and polemical in nature. Working from a rich ‘mental archive of imagery’, Sikander’s visual vocabulary engages a multiplicity of themes including transformation as narrative, the exploration of disruption as a means to cultivate new associations, and issues concerning labour, scale and time.

Selected Artworks



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