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Artist Naiza Khan in her studio in Karachi, Pakistan.
Artist Naiza Khan in her studio in Karachi, Pakistan.

Naiza Khan to Represent Pakistan at 2019 Venice Biennale

For the country’s debut at the Venice Biennale, Pakistan will present work by the multidisciplinary artist Naiza Khan. Khan’s practice, which encompasses drawing, prints, installation, and text, investigates the legacies of colonialism, labor-force migrations, and urban development within the ecology of local environments.

“[My work] is also very much about a subjective experience of me as a female body traversing a space, which is a very public, very gendered space,” the artist said in an interview with Art Now Pakistan.

Curated by Zahra Khan, the pavilion will feature Khan’s project Manora Field Notes, which will focus on the Pakistani island of Manora. Once a popular destination, Manora is known for its Hindu temples, Sufi tombs, and beaches, which have since been ravaged by urban decay.

Based in Karachi, Pakistan, and London, the artist was born in Pakistan in 1968 and studied at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford. She has exhibited her work at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016), the Colombo Art Biennale (2016), the Shanghai Biennale (2012), and Art Dubai (2008). Khan is a founder of the Vasl Artists’ Collective in Karachi and has received residencies at Gasworks, London, and the Rybon Art Center, Tehran.