Mathildehk at”Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power”

You like Contemporary Art?

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You enjoy Calligraphy and detailed drawings?


Provenance the Invisible Hand, 2009,  made for an installation of objects Sikander selected from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum –

The new exhibition launched by the Asia Society Hong Kong (until July 9th) and by the Maritime Museum (until June 5th) is all about tradition in Contemporary Art. Indeed, “Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of power“presents series of works produced between 1989 and 2015 by the Pakistanis artist Shahzia Sikander, born 1969, now established in New York. A set focusing on cultural identity and religion through the study of images and illustrated reference books.


Elusive Realities
Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, and tea on wasli paper, 2000
The Speyer Family Collection –


Shahzia Sikander received her BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Pakistani-born and internationally recognized, Sikander’s pioneering practice takes Indo-Persian miniature painting as a point of departure. She challenges the strict formal tropes of miniature painting as well as its medium-based restrictions by experimenting with scale and media. Such media include animation, video, mural, and collaboration with other artists. Her process-based work is concerned with examining the forces at stake in contested cultural and political histories. Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the Miniature Painting department in the Nineties at the National College of Arts in Lahore, inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition.   

First student of traditional Indo-Persian miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, Shahzia Sikander developed an art form influenced by illustrated book painting. Calligraphy, genre scenes, still lives and animations give her work a poetic and yet not-abstract sense.


UntitledGouache on board, 12 x 24 inches, 1993,

Shahzia Sikander confronted the notion of cultural identity and globalisation. With so many layers of fragments, objects and motives, she materialised the many cultures and faces each persons caries. A very graphic exhibition, with a beautiful movie: Parallax.

“Shahzia mixes history, personal feelings and experiences, and very contemporary art making—firing on all cylinders at the same time—in her masterfully crafted works,” says Ian Berry, director of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York, who in 2004 organized a large survey of her work there that traveled to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut. “The artwork can respond to people’s desires to think about politics and biography, not just of Shahzia’s but of their own. And then other people can come to it and respond entirely to line, form, color, movement, and perspective, and the creative things Shahzia brings to that.”

SHAHZIA SIKANDER: MAXIMALIST MINIATURES by Hilarie M. Sheets, contributing editor of ARTnews – POSTED 04/15/13 7:00 AM


Parallax, at Tufts University Art Gallery, The Boston Globe,

Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power

  • Chantal Miller Gallery, Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm
  • Hong Kong Maritime Museum Pier 8

Talks at Maritime Museum

28 May 2016 15:00 (in English)
Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power
 Suitable for age 16+. No booking required. Free with Museum entrance ticket.
Talks last for 30-40 minutes, maximum number of participants 20.

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