Bio

Naiza H. Khan

naizakhan@gmail.com | www.naizakhan.com

Naiza Khan currently lives between London and Karachi. She is Senior 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.

 

Education

1987–90  

BFA, University of Oxford, Somerville College, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, UK

 

1986–87  

Foundation course, Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK

 

Curatorship

 

2010

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

 

2007

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

 

2005

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

 

Awards

 

2013

Prince Claus Award, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, the Netherlands Fine Arts Award, Tehzeeb Foundation, Pakistan

 

2011

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

 

2009

Women of Strength Award, TV One, Pakistan

 

2006

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

 

2003

Prize, 43rd Premio Suzzara, Italy
National Excellence Award, 8th National Exhibition of Visual Arts, Pakistan

 

2002

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

 

Selected Conferences / lectures

 

2017

Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture with Bani Abidi: The Disappearance of Things/The City as Archive. Brown University/RISD. April 4.

Lecture: Art and Social Change: Naiza Khan talks Art. Seattle Public Library. April 2.

Lecture: The Expanded Field: Practice and Research in the work of Naiza Khan. Asian Art Museum, Seattle University. April 1.

 

2016

Nodal Connections: Triangle Network, Gasworks, and South Asian Artists in the UK. Co-presented with Karin Zitzewitz at Showing, Telling, Seeing: Exhibiting South Asia in Britain 1900-Now. Symposium. Paul Mellon Centre, London.

 

2016  

Panelist: Intolerance and the Media: India, Pakistan and the UK. The Chevening South Asia Journalism Symposium

 

2014

Panelist: Pakistan Urban Forum: South Asian Cities Conference, Karachi. Organised by South Asia Institute, Harvard University, Government of Sindh; The Urban Unit, Government of Punjab; and the Institute of Architects, Pakistan.

 

2013

Speaker: Violence, Insurgencies, Deceptions: Conceptualizing Urban Life in South Asia. Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore

 

2013

Speaker: Re-thinking Urban in Pakistan, NED University, Karachi
Organised by: South Asia Institute at University of Texas – Austin, American Institute of Pakistan Studies
Habib University & NED University of Engineering and Technology, 

 

2012

Speaker: What is the Pakistani Public?
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Sponsored by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS);

 

2011

Keynote Speaker: Risk and Revolution. IDRI International Drawing Research Institute, COFA. Conference held at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art, Dalian, China

2011 

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

 

Selected Published essays

 

2017

Forthcoming: Manora Journal: Set in a moment, yet still moving. My Ocean Guide. Published by Lightbox Publishing, Venice
Forthcoming: Objects from the Deep: Bazaar. Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan. Ed. Saima Zaidi Published by Oxford University Press, Karachi 

 

2014

A Return to Utility and Beauty   catalogue essay for 1st Print Biennial Karachi

 

2014 

The Artist's Voice in Curatorial Practice: The Rising Tide, Mohatta Palace Museum.
Journal Lalit Kala Contemporary 55 

 

2012 

Art Spaces Directory: Mobility and Exchange, Creative discourses across Borders. Published by AAP
and the New Museum, NY
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

 

2010

The Rising Tide: Catalogue essay alongside the exhibition. Published by Mohatta Palace Museum 

 

2009

Henna Hands: Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan.  Ed. Saima Zaidi
Published by Oxford University Press, Karachi with the Price Claus Fund.
Through the Lens of the Political: Asian Art Archive HK. Perspectives Sept. issue
Power to the Artist: Pakistan Report. Art Asia Pacific 10 year Almanac

 

Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                                                 

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

 

2017

(forthcoming), Rossi & Rossi, Art Basel Hong Kong

 

2015

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

 

2014

The Weight of Things, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*
Disrupting the Alignment, Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

 

2013

In This Landscape, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK
Naiza Khan: Karachi Elegies, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, USA

 

2010

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

 

2008

The Skin She Wears, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK*
Iron Clouds, Rohtas II, Lahore, Pakistan*

 

2007

Heavenly Ornaments, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

 

2006

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

 

2004

Exhale, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

 

2000

Voices Merge, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan

 

1995

La Linea Negra, Gallery 7, Hong Kong

 

1993

Points of Departure, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

 

2017

Sleeping Constellations, 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
Public View, Bluecoat, Liverpool

 

2016 

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi
Colombo Art Biennale
Regarding Embodiment, Nature Morte, Delhi
Markings, Chawkandi Art, Karachi
*How we Mark the Land  Gandhara Art, Karachi
ART16 London

 

2015

Small Worlds, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
Numaish-Urban Interventions in Public Space, 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
ART15 London

 

2014

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

 

2013

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 in 14th Circuito Off, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Metropolis: Reflections on the Modern City, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
Intimacy, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*

 

2012

Reactivation, 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China*
Art Decoding Violence, XV Donna Biennale, PAC Museum, Ferrara, Italy*

 

2011

Shifting Ground, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong, in conjunction with Rossi & Rossi, London, UK*
And Nothing but the Truth: The Problem with Parrhesia, IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan*
Grafik Apparel: Interweaving Art and Fashion, London Print Studio, London, UK*

 

2010

Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt*
Svelando l’utopia, Alberto Peola, Turin, Italy
Boys and Girls Come out to Play, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK
Resemble REassemble, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India*
Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Women Artists Respond to Conflict, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

 

2009

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

 

2008

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

 

2007

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*

 

2006

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

 

2005

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*

 

2004

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

 

2003

Anima e Corpo, 43rd Premio Suzzara, Suzzara, Italy*
8th National Exhibition, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

 

2002

Threads, Dreams and Desires: ArtSouthAsia, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, UK*
Gasworks Artists’ Residency Exhibition, London, UK
11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

2001

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

 

2000

Pakistan: Another Vision: Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan, Brunei Gallery, London, UK*
Women of the World, White Columns, New York, USA*

 

1999

Lines of Desire, Pitshanger Manor & Gallery, London & Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, national tour*

 

1994

77th International Dhaka Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
An Intelligent Rebellion: Women Artists of Pakistan, Bradford Art Gallery, UK*
Seven for Seven, Gallery 7, Hong Kong
6th National Exhibition of Visual Arts, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

1993

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

 

1992

Women Artists, Pakistan American Cultural Center, Karachi, Pakistan
8 Printmakers, Pakistan American Cultural Center, Karachi, Pakistan

 

1991

National Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

1990

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

 

1988

Numaish Lalit Kala, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

 

Video

 

2015

Near and Far Sights/Sites Converge, The Tentative Collective, Karachi

 

2014

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

 

2010

Restore the Boundaries and Homage, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, 2 November
4th Cairo Video Festival 
Video Art and Experimental Film, Cairo, Egypt

 

Bibliography

2015

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

 

2013

Naiza Khan, ArtAsiaPacific and the Broad Museum, Hong Kong

 

2012

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

 

2011

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

 

2010

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

 

2009

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

 

2008

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

 

2007

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

 

2006

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

 

2005

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

 

2004

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

 

2002

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

 

2000

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

 

1997

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

 

1995

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

 

1994

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

 

Fellowships / Residencies

 

2012

Rybon Art Center, Tehran, Iran

 

2003

Gasworks Residency, London, UK

 

2001

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