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19 1 2023

Shahzia Sikander awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity

Pilar Corrias is excited to announce that Shahzia Sikander has been awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded the $50,000 prize in honour of Sikander’s new multimedia exhibition, Havah…to breathe, air, life, at Madison Square Park and at the neighboring Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

“The Pollock Prize for Creativity honours artists who make a difference in how we understand our world, our communities, and ourselves,” said Ronald D. Spencer, Chairman and CEO of Pollock-Krasner Foundation. “Shahzia Sikander creates thought-provoking works that probe questions about representation, power, and justice, and with this Prize we recognize her continuing focus on issues that resonate throughout history.”

“Representation of women as active agents in traditionally patriarchal spaces, and especially spaces that are centered on delivering justice and adjudicating power, is a much-needed restorative in civic life,” said Shahzia Sikander. “Havah…to breathe, air, life both raises the question of why only men have been depicted as lawgivers and enables us to imagine women not simply as Lady Justice with her scales, but as active thinkers and participants in this sphere. To be recognized by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for my body of work—and to receive their support for Havah…to breathe, air, life—is an honour.”

Shahzia Sikander: Havah….to breathe, air, life will be on view from January 17 through June 4, 2023 in Madison Square Park and atop the New York State Appellate Division Courthouse rooftop before travelling to Houston, Texas.

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