Tarika Agarwal of Saffronart shares details of a recently published monograph on Naiza Khan
Mumbai: Born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, in 1968, Naiza H. Khan is a well known contemporary artist. She is currently based in Pakistan, but studied art at the Wimbledon School of Art, and then at Somerville College, University of Oxford, and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Over the past decade, she has entrenched herself in an art historical language that is rich and challenging. She is a founding member and former coordinator of the Vasl Artist’s Collective, and has also been a member of the Fine Art Faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi.
The first monograph on Khan’s body of work has just been published, with the support of the Burger Collection, as part of its ongoing funding program dedicated to the realization of exceptional editorial projects about artists. This publication examines over 25 years of the artist’s work, and is published in conjunction with her first solo exhibition in the United States at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The volume includes a foreword by Michael Rush, essays by Salima Hashmi, Karin Zitzewitz and Nafisa Rizvi, and a interview with Iftikhar Dadi.
In her work, Khan manages to capture the experience of living and working in Karachi, where everyday life is often affected by natural disasters, urban migration and political struggle. Her practice includes paintings, sculpture, wall drawings, performance and video. This is a fully illustrated book, designed by Philipp Hubert and published by ArtAsiaPacific.