Naiza H. Khan |

Born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, in 1968, Naiza Khan currently lives in London. She is Professional Advisor at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi, and a member of the Board of Governors, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi.




BFA, University of Oxford, Somerville College, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, UK



Foundation course, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK


Solo Exhibitions

All exhibitions with published catalogues are marked with an asterisk (*).



Undoing / Ongoing, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK*



The Weight of Things, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

The Weight of Things II, Khaas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan *
Disrupting the Alignment, Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK



In This Landscape, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK

Naiza Khan: Karachi Elegies, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA



Restore the Boundaries: The Manora Project, Rossi & Rossi and Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE*



The Skin She Wears, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK*

Iron Clouds, Rohtas II, Lahore, Pakistan*

Iron Clouds, Rohtas, Islamabad, Pakistan*



Heavenly Ornaments, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*



Bare the Fact, Bear the Fact, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, India*



Exhale, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*



Voices Merge, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan



La Linea Negra, Gallery 7, Hong Kong



Points of Departure, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan


Selected Group Exhibitions

All exhibitions with published catalogues are marked with an asterisk (*).



The Map Is Elsewhere (forthcoming), Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

Small Worlds, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK

Numaish-Urban Interventions in Public Space, various public venues, Karachi, Pakistan

The Science of Taking a Walk, Gandhara-Art, Karachi, Pakistan

And Nothing but the Truth: Parrhesia II, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

Projections, a project by the Tentative Collective, Karachi, Pakistan



First International Print Biennial, VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

Stills of Peace and Everyday Life, Museo Capitolare di Atri, Atri, Italy

Trajectories: 19th–21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE*

Et in Arcadia Ego, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong



Mapping Gender: Bodies & Sexualities in Contemporary Art across the Global South, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India*

Liquid Asia by MAP Office, Duddell’s, Hong Kong

Liquid Asia by MAP Office in 14th Circuito Off, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

Metropolis: Reflections on the Modern City, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Intimacy, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

Women of Substance, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China*

Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World, I.D.E.A. at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA

Celebrating Art: 30 Years of Rohtas, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Art Decoding Violence, XV Donna Biennale, PAC Museum, Ferrara, Italy*



Shifting Ground: Faiza Butt and Naiza Khan, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, in conjunction with Rossi & Rossi, London, UK*

MAD in Karachi, Art Chowk, Karachi, Pakistan*

And Nothing but the Truth: The Problem with Parrhesia, IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

Grafik Apparel: Interweaving Art and Fashion, London Print Studio, London, UK*

Distinct Voices, Diverse Impressions, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt*

Svelando l’utopia, Alberto Peola, Turin, Italy

Boys and Girls Come out to Play, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK

REsembleREassemble, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India*

Taking Issue, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art & Design, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK*

Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK*



Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society Museum, New York, USA*

The Emperor’s New Clothes, Talwar Gallery, New York, USA*

Art HK 09, Hong Kong



Arte Fiera di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Miami Beach, USA

SH Contemporary, Shanghai, China

Desperately Seeking Paradise, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE*

Crossroads, Elementa, Dubai, UAE

Women of Light, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, Germany

Let’s Draw the Line, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan*



Figurative Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London, UK*

Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA

Moving On: An Intensity of Space and Substance, Re-forming Landscape, Figurative Impulse, inaugural show, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan*

Multiple Editions: One, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan*



7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print-Art, Bhopal, India



Layers of Time and Space, ifa Galleries, Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany*

SCOPE London Art Fair, London, UK

One to One, 58 Works, 58 Years, 58 Artists, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan*

Beyond Borders: Art of Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India*



Living Masters, Young Voices, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan*

Cover Girl: The Female Body and Islam in Contemporary Art, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, USA

Another Dawn, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan



Anima e Corpo, 43rd Premio Suzzara, Suzzara, Italy*

8th National Exhibition, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan



Threads, Dreams and Desires: ArtSouthAsia, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK*

Gasworks Artists’ Residency Exhibition, London, UK

11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh



The Eye Still Seeks, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia*



Pakistan: Another Vision: Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan, Brunei Gallery, London, UK, and national tour*

Women of the World, White Columns, New York, USA*



Lines of Desire, Pitshanger Manor & Gallery, London, UK*



Lines of Desire, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, and national tour


Group show, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan



77th International Dhaka Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

An Intelligent Rebellion: Women Artists of Pakistan, Bradford Art Gallery, Bradford, UK*

Seven for Seven, Gallery 7, Hong Kong

6th National Exhibition of Visual Arts, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan



Sculpture, Painting + Prints, Ziggurat Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Women Artists, Pakistan American Cultural Center, Karachi, Pakistan

8 Printmakers, Pakistan American Cultural Center, Karachi, Pakistan



National Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Group show, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan



Adam and Eve, The Young Unknowns Gallery, London, UK

Portobello Contemporary Arts Festival, Blenheim Gallery, London, UK

Open ’90, Bankside Gallery, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, London, UK



Paintings, Prints, Drawings, Oxford Central Library–Westgate, Oxford, UK



Numaish Lalit Kala, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

Group show, Horizon Gallery, London, UK



Mary Somerville Art Fair, Smith’s Gallery, London, UK




The Observatory (2012), Art Basel HK Film Sector, Art Basel HK, Hong Kong



Restore the Boundaries and Homage, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, 2 November

4th Cairo Video Festival 
Video Art and Experimental Film, Cairo, Egypt




The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990–2010, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan



Drawing the Line, part of the inaugural exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan



Co-curator, Voices, Pakistan Development Forum, Islamabad, Pakistan





Prince Claus Award, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, the Netherlands

Fine Arts Award, Tehzeeb Foundation, Pakistan



PLS (Pakistan Lecture Series) Award, AIPS (American Institute of Pakistan Studies), USA



Women of Strength Award, TV One, Pakistan



Honourary mention, 7th Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennial, India



Prize, 43rd Premio Suzzara, Italy

National Excellence Award, 8th National Exhibition of Visual Arts, Pakistan



1st Lux Award for Visual Artist of the Year, Unilever, Pakistan




Karin Zitzewitz, ‘Life in Ruins: Materiality, the City, and the Production of Critique in the Art of Naiza Khan’, in Journal of Asian Studies 74:2 (May 2015), 323–46.

Salima Hashmi, The Eye Still Seeks: Pakistani Contemporary Art, Penguin India, Gurgaon



Naiza Khan, ArtAsiaPacific and the Broad Museum, Hong Kong



Qiu Zhijie, Boris Groys, Johnson Chang (Chang Tsong-zung) and Jens Hoffmann, 9th Shanghai Biennale: Reactivation, Shanghai

‘Naiza Khan, Mobility and Exchange: Discourses Across Borders’, Art Spaces Directory, co-published by New Museum, New York, and ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong

Mobile Horizon: The Geography of Water, Naiza Khan in conversation with Nada Raza Sohbet: Journal of contemporary arts and culture, Issue 03, a joint publication of National College of Arts and oneninetwo, Lahore, Pakistan



Fareeda Khan, Ananya Kabir, Daisy Hasan, and Pippa Kenyon-Leigh, Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict, Shisha, Manchester

Rudolfine Lackner (ed.), 100 Years: For the Long Revolution, VBKÖ Festschrift, Vienna



Samia Zaidi (ed.), Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan, Oxford University Press, Karachi

Iftikhar Dadi, Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill

Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio, Asian Art Now, Crown Publishing Group, New York



Elizabeth Bell (ed.), Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society Museum, New York

Iftikhar Dadi, ‘Ghostly Sufis and Ornamental Shadows: Spectral Visualities in Karachi’s Public Sphere’, in Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia, Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker (eds.), Oxford University Press, Karachi



Salwat Ali, Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millennium, FOMMA, in association with Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Karachi



Salima Hashmi and Yashodhara Dalmia, Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan, Oxford University Press, New Delhi

Suad Joseph (ed.), Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, Vol. 5, BRILL, Boston



Peter Siller (ed.), ‘Henna Hands, 2001’, Polar magazine, Issue 1, Berlin

John Holt, Fareda Khan, Alnoor Mitha, Dr. Jacques Rangasamy, Dr. Laura Turney (eds.),
Mappings ArtSouthAsia: A Visual and Cultural Dialogue Between Britain and South Asia, Shisha, Manchester



Caroline Turner (ed.), Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific, Pandanus Books, Canberra



Enrico Mascelloni, Caravan Café: Art from Central Asia, ACAS Services, Orvieto



Salima Hashmi, Unveiling the Visible: Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan, ActionAid Pakistan, Islamabad



Timothy Wilcox (ed.), Pakistan: Another Vision—50 Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan, Brunei Gallery, London

S. Amjad Ali, Painters of Pakistan, National Book Foundation, Islamabad



Salima Hashmi and Quddus Mirza, 50 Years of Visual Arts in Pakistan, Asia Society Museum, New York



Nancy Reynolds and Saba Mahmood, eds, Contested Polities: Religious Disciplines and Structures of Modernity, a special issue of Stanford Humanities Review, 5(1), 1995, Stanford University, Palo Alto



Salima Hashmi and Nima Poovaya-Smith (curators), An Intelligent Rebellion: Women Artists of Pakistan, Bradford Art Gallery, Bradford


Fellowships / Residencies


Rybon Art Center, Tehran, Iran



Gasworks Residency, London, UK



Vasl International Artists’ Workshop (Triangle Arts Network), Gadani, Pakistan*


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