About the Speaker:
Naiza Khan explores ideas of movement and boundaries, the breaching of borders, as well as a perceptual and textural building of terrain, as it is linked to witnessed political and social realities. Through a range of media, including drawing, video works and sculpture, she brings to the fore considerations of spillage, spontaneous making, transformation, and mutability of form.
Khan trained at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Her work has been exhibited widely, including the forthcoming Kochi Biennale, 2016, the Shanghai Biennale, 2012; Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York, 2009; as well as her solo museum exhibition Karachi Elegies, at the Broad Museum, Michigan, 2013.
Khan has participated in several international conferences, including Showing, Telling, Seeing: Exhibiting South Asia in Britain, Paul Mellon Centre, London (2016); The Chevening South Asia Journalism Symposium, London (2016); Violence, Insurgencies, Deceptions: Conceptualizing Urban Life in South Asia at the Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore (2013), Re-thinking Urban in Pakistan, NED University, Karachi (2013), and What is the Pakistani Public? Lahore University of Management Sciences (2012). She was keynote speaker at Risk and Revolution, a conference by IDRI (International Drawing Research institute) COFA, held at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art, Dalian, China (2011).
Khan curated The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990-2010 at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi and is a founding member and former Coordinator of the Vasl Artists’ Collective. She was member of the Faculty of Visual Art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi (1991-2009).
Khan is the recipient of the Prince Claus Award, 2013. Currently Senior Advisor at the Visual Studies Department, Karachi University, Naiza works between London and Karachi.