Naiza Khan

Scripting the Land

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Year 2015
Medium Etching and screenprint on paper
Dimensions 40.5 x 29 cm
Top pick Katharine Hamnett CBE, fashion designer

About the work

Scripting the Land is embedded with multiple histories and time frames. Ideas of dwelling and movement, boundaries and the breaching of borders emerge central to this work. I look at the phenomenon of erasure and volume, the notion of aerial and planar views, cartography as well as the multiple presence of objects, such as the boat, the tent, or the horizon line.
This work looks to the city’s being, marked as it is by historic rupture, a place at once adrift and self-revealing.

About the artist:

Born 1968 Bahawalpur, Naiza Khan lives and works between London and Karachi. Graduated from BA Fine Art Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (1990); and MA Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College (2021).

Khan’s visual practice spans three decades, and is built on a process of critical research, documentation and mapping-based exploration. Through a range of media, including drawing, archival material and video, she brings together ideas of embodiment and ecology. Her work looks at geography as a heterogeneous assemblage of power, colonial history and collective memory. Working with the materiality of space, Khan’s multi-disciplinary practice raises questions about optics and erasure, and frictions between old and new infrastructures.

Selected exhibitions include Between the sun and the moon, Lahore Biennale 02 (2020); Manora Field Notes, inaugural pavilion of Pakistan, 58th Venice Biennale (2019); The Sea is History, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo (2019); Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, APT9, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018); Art Basel Hong Kong, Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong (2017); Forming in the pupil of an eye, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi (2016); Undoing/Ongoing, Rossi & Rossi, London (2015); Karachi Elegies, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2013); Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York (2009); and Art Decoding Violence, XV Biennale Donna, Ferrara (2012).

Awards and residencies include Monsoonal Multiplicities, artist-in-residence, London (2021); Institute for Comparative Modernities Cornell University, Ithaca (2017); Prince Claus Award, The Netherlands, (2013); and artist-in residence, Gasworks, London (2003). Khan represented Pakistan in its inaugural pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, with her solo project Manora Field Notes (2019).

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