Shahzia Sikander

1969 | Lahore, Pakistan
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Pakistani painter and videographer.

Shahzia Sikander is one of the best-known contemporary Pakistani artists. She studied traditional miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore before studying at the United States, at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Since the 1990s, through painting films, murals and animated cartoons, she has been central to the recontextualization of Indo-Persian miniature painting by combining historical iconography, mythology and traditional techniques with her own contemporary style. The narrative and images of her works, populated with characters and scenes, refer to the tensions between Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, as well as politics, intimate stories and sexuality.

She explores, often polemically, the position of Muslim women in the modern world and challenges the Western cliché of Islam as the sole cause of terrorism and female oppression. S. Sikander has had several retrospective exhibitions, notably at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007) and the San Francisco Art Institute (2011). She has also participated in several biennials (Taipei, 2006; Venice, 2005; Istanbul, 2003).

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Natasa Petresin-Bachelez

Translated from French by Katia Porro.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
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© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
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Shahzia Sikander, Singing Suns, 2016, HD video animation with sound, music: Du Yun, animation: Patrick O’Rourke, 3‘24’’, Courtesy Shahzia Sikander and Sean Kelly, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, 51 Ways of Looking, 2004, pencil on paper, 30.2 × 22.9 cm, MoMA, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, Candied, 2003, ink, colored ink, and gouache on twenty pieces of prepared paper, 38.1 x 27.9 cm, MoMA, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, In-Verse, 2017, screened oil based paint and hand painted pigment on paper, 167 x 203.8 x 19.7 cm, Courtesy Shahzia Sikander and Sean Kelly, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, Parallax, 2013, 3 channel HD video animation with 5.1 surround sound, 15’10’’, music: Du Yun, installation view Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 2015, Courtesy Shahzia Sikander and Sean Kelly, © Shahzia Sikander

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Shahzia Sikander, Portrait of the Artist, 2016, mixed media on paper, private collection, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, Ready to Leave, 1997, transparent and opaque watercolor, tea water, and graphite on marbled paper, 25.1 × 19.2 cm, Whitney Museum of American Art, Courtesy Shahzia Sikander and Sean Kelly, © Shahzia Sikander

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Shahzia Sikander, Sinxay Narrative as Dissolution #2, 2008, ink and gouache on prepared paper, 227.33 x 150.5 cm, SF MoMA, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, The Last Post, 2010, HD video animation, 10‘, color sound, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, The Perennial Gaze, 2018, glass mosaic mounted on plywood in brass frame, 178.4 x 109.9 cm, Courtesy Shahzia Sikander and Sean Kelly, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, Untilted, 1992, wash, ink and pencil on wasli paper with a textured border, 29.7 x 66 cm, private collection, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, Web, 2002, opaque watercolor and tea on Wasili paper, 22.7 x 18.9 cm, Risd Museum, © Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia  Sikander — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Shahzia Sikander, Utopia 2, 2003, gouache and digital imaging on paper, 17.8 x 26.4 cm, private collection, © Shahzia Sikander

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