Naiza H. Khan: Between the Temple and the Playground: Recent Works

Department of Art Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Naiza H Khan, educated at Oxford University in the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work focuses on gender, publicness and their political manifestations. Her interest in public urban space has led her into a long-term investigation of Manora Island, just off the coast of Karachi. Naiza is a founding member for the Vasl Artists’ Collective (part of the Triangle Network) and has been Fine Art Faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. Selected group exhibitions include Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York City (2009) and Beyond Borders: Art of Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2005). Her recent solo show, Restore the Boundaries: The Manora Project, was a special project exhibited by Rossi & Rossi at Art Dubai (2010). In 2011, she curated The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990–2010 at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi. The Rising Tide was the first such survey of contemporary Pakistani art to be held within Pakistan.