Shahzia Sikander (B. 1969)
signed 'Shazia Sikander' (on DVD)
(i) DVD and beta master
(ii) watercolour, gouache, ink and graphite on paper
(i) 2 minutes on continuous loop
(ii) image: 6⅝ x 9⅞in. (16.7 x 26cm.)
sheet: 10⅝ x 13¾in. (26.9 x 35cm.)
Executed in 2003, this work is number one from an edition of five
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Illinois, Krannert Art Museum, Beyond East and West: Seven Transitional Artists, 2004-2005, no. 24 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated in colour, pp. 70-71). This exhibition later travelled to Louisiana, Louisiana State University Museum of Art; New Hampshire, Hood Museum of Art; Massachusetts, Williams College Museum of Art.
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Please note the medium is (i) DVD and Beta Master (ii) watercolour, gouache, ink and graphite on paper, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
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'As a student [at the Rhode Island School of Design] I remember people not giving me much feedback because they felt they didn't know the proper way to address my work. It's not that people in Pakistan know better; perhaps a handful of art historians may know all the styles and motifs I am using, I am playing with things that happened many, many years ago, over which nobody has ownership and to which anybody has access. It is not specific to Pakistani culture.
I am very committed to understanding the miniature tradition much better. There has not been a lot of good critical writing about it. In that respect, for me, there's a lot of freedom, because you're navigating things that have never been addressed. But at the same time, I feel that there's a lot of miniature painting that can't be translated - that can't be explained in words or expressed in another visual language - and I like that aspect. Any translation also reveals a consciousness of who is going to consume the picture, so there is already a given that the audience needs an explanation of the picture, that their own interpretation is not trustworthy' Shahzia Sikander

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