The Sea Is History exhibtion in Oslo

The Sea is History features work by contemporary artists who address issues of migration and displacement from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

58th International Art Exhibition of La Bienniale de Venezia

press release

International artists depict Asia Pacific through contemporary art 

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017: A post-mortem

Arario Gallery delivered a sugar-coated but powerful political message on refugees and migration; while metal armour sculptures by Pakistani artist Naiza Khan at Rossi & Rossi.

Struggle and strife are at the heart of Alserkal Avenue’s exhibit Sleepless Constellations

Another moving work comes from Naiza Khan, whose evocatively haunting film of a derelict observatory on Manora Island off the coast of Karachi.

The Disappearance of Things / The City as Archive

The Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture

​A lecture by Bani Abidi and Naiza Khan

Seattle Public Library


Sunday, April 2, 2017

2pm – 3pm

Seattle Art Museum, Saturday University


Saturday, April 1 2017


10am – 11:30am

Pakistani artists steal the show at Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Hong Kong Galleries

HONG KONG 21 MAR – 25 MAR 2017

Women to Watch at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

7 Highlights from Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016

Ten Contemporary Pakistani Artists

Evolving beyond its traditional mediums of miniaturists and calligraphers, the Pakistani contemporary art scene now boasts a multitude of established and upcoming artists whose fresh, innovative work has attracted a great deal of international interest. These ten Pakistani artists all express their experience of the country’s diverse social and cultural landscape in varied and fascinating ways.

Naiza Khan wins 2013 Prince Claus Award

Naiza Khan (1968, Bahawalpur) creates incisive work that examines the crucial paradoxes of Pakistani society and especially the complex social position of women. She co-founded the VASL artists’ collective, which is a vital hub for contemporary art in Pakistan. She is an inspiring role model for young artists.

Book Review - Naiza Khan Monograph

ArtAsiaPacific recently published a book on Naiza Khan.....

Tehzeeb Festival & Awards 2013

Naiza honored by Tehzeeb Foundation both as an artist and for services to fine arts in Pakistan

The Wardrobe

Holly Brackenbury selects The Wardrobe by Naiza Khan

Karachi Elegies: Naiza Khan

“Naiza Khan: Karachi Elegies” ran at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University from February 22 - May 26, 2013.


Artist Naiza Khan’s Debut US Solo is a Lament for Karachi -

Interview: Ameliorating creative fortitude

...Her recent return from China after setting up her display on Manora Archives at the Shanghai Biennial Project stands testament to her persistence to stay visible in the local and international art circles.


Collaborative Workshop at NED University

Session II:  Chair and Discussant: Naiza Khan
                   Iftikhar Dadi –Visual Interventions, Noman Ahmed – ‘Wall Chalking and Graffiti in Karachi’

Session IV: Chair and Discussant: Durriya Kazi
                   Naiza Khan – Kurrachee: Past, present and future, Asma Ibrahim –Can museums define urban growth?

Organised by: South Asia Institute at University of Texas – Austin, American Institute of Pakistan Studies
                       Habib University & NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.

Date: 1-2 January 2013

Venue: NED University City Campus
            Maulana Din Muhammad Wafai Road, Karachi

What is the Pakistani Public?

27 dec 2012: Panel 3- Chair: Saloni Mathur, UCLA ; 9:30-12:00

“The Streets are Rising” ,Naiza Khan, Independent Artist and Curator
“Art and the National Publics: The Case of Sadequain”, Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University
“Karachi Pop: Engaging Vernacular Visualities in 1990s Karachi”, Hammad Nasar, Art Critic and Curator, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong “Reclaiming the Forbidden: Iqbal, Jinnah and the 'Goddess'”, Suroosh Irfani, Beaconhouse National University

Date: 26–28 dec 2012
Venue: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Sponsored by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS); Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); Public Affairs Section, US Embassy, Islamabad.


karachi Elegies

Opens February 23 2013

Naiza H. Khan captures the experience of living and working in Karachi, where everyday life has been disrupted by natural disaster, migration to the city, and political violence.  For her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Khan will show oil paintings, sculpture, and video works that map the tragic geography of violence in Karachi and place the human figure within it.

Encounters through Framing and Adapting By Simone Wille

Encounters through Framing and Adapting
On the Oeuvre of Naiza Khan
By Simone Wille |  October 2012

Nafas Art Magazine

9th Shanghai Biennale - Reactivation

 Naiza H. Khan is taking part in one of Asia's foremost art events, the 9th Shanghai Biennale. An international exchange of ideas, the Biennale brings together artists, curators, writers and art supporters from around the world.

Date: 2 October 2012 – 31 March 2013
Venue: The Power Station of Art, 200 Hua Yuan Gang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai


Touring exhibition in the US

Colorado College - 25 August - 3 November 2012
The University of North Texas 26 February - 23 March 2013
University of Montana 6 December - 8 February 2014

Asia Art Archive 2012

MAP Office is conducting a residency at AAA from February to July 2012. As part of their residency, the artist/architect duo is creating an atlas of real and imaginary places found in the Archive, a unique visual cartography in which combinations of text and image dissolve the conventional borders of Asia.

Naiza H. Khan is one of the of 111 artists configured in this project. 

Date: 30 Aug - 20 Oct 2012
Venue: Asia Art Archive, 11/F, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

ArtNow Interview

Tehran Residency July 2012

IDRI International Drawing Research Institute

  • Keynote speaker:  Drawing Connections: Risk and Revolution
  • Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art, Dalian, China
  • 26 – 28 October  2011

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AIPS Lecture Series, USA

Lecture tour schedule:

The Rising Tide: New DIrections in Art from Pakistan 1990-2010

Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi 1st November 2010 – 30th March 2011
Guest Curator: Naiza H Khan

 Mohatta Palace Museum The Rising Tide
Press Release
Media coverage

Seminar: Tradition & Art

23rd April 2011

Poppy Seed Gallery & Baytunur
in collaboration with
Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture and
Iqbal Academy Pakistan.

Naiza H Khan Between the Temple and the Playground- the nature of the non-traditional:   Traditional forms of approach in art have been transformed and previous structures have been challenged by a collusion of politics, economics and belief. This shift critically informs my practice both conceptually and formally.

Tradition & Art



SHISHA: Conference and Exhibition

Between Kismet and Karma

Symposium: Beyond Borders, Leeds City Museum March 2010
Panel discussant: The Body: This session will explore the points of overlap and divergence between artist, Naiza H Khan’s work and writer, Aamer Hussein’s creative interests.

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Leeds E-invite  

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Tehelka Summit June 2008

Tehelka’s London Summit – India and Pakistan: Designing a New Future
June 26th-27th   2008
Panel Discussant:  Art and Cinema: Creating and eroding stereotypes
Moderator: Shoma Chaudhury

Aamir Khan (Indian superstar, director, producer)
Naiza Khan (Visual Artist, Pakistan )
Prasoon Joshi (Chairman, McCann Erickson, Asia, lyricist)
Mohammad Hanif (Pakistani author)
Karan Johar (Indian director, producer, TV celebrity)
Hasan Zaidi (Filmmaker, Pakistan)