Naiza H.Khan

One of Pakistan’s most influential contemporary artists, Naiza Khan, (b.1968 Bahawalpur, Pakistan) currently lives and works in London. The artist has attended the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, UK (1987-1990) after finishing her foundation course at Wimbledon School of Arts, also located in the UK (1986-1987).
Khan has taken up several roles in the art world. She has been a Professional Advisor at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi, and was a member of the Board of Governors as well as part of the Fine Art Faculty at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. Naiza co-founded the Vasl Artists’ Collective in 2003, a Pakistan-based organization supporting artists through residencies, discourse and collaborations.
Khan has several solo shows to her credit and has exhibited extensively in countries including UAE, India, China, Italy, Pakistan, UK, Egypt and Bangladesh. She is the receipt of awards such as the 43rd Premio Suzzara (2003), National Excellence Award (2003), Pakistan, Prince Clause Award (2009) and Fine Arts Award at the Tehzeeb Festival & Awards (2013). Khan has also been selected for prestigious residencies such as Gasworks, London.
Naiza Khan has earned the reputation of an artist who is “not afraid of dealing with contentious subjects.” She has been appreciated for her complex and in-depth outlook on the Pakistani society as she touches upon several controversial social and political issues.
Khan’s practice includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and installations. In her body of work displayed at Khaas, the artist draws inspiration from the cartography of Karachi and its surrounding coastal regions. Khan’s work is made up of an intensive drawing practice as she illustrates Karachi, as she knows it. This includes the sea, the city’s urban landscape and architecture, historic documents or in short that which is endemic of Karachi.
The weight of things, a solo show by Naiza Khan was held at Khaas Gallery in 2014.

Naiza H.Khan

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