New Work: Shazia Sikander - Nemesis
October 28, 2005 – January 15, 2006
A native of Pakistan who lives in New York, Shahzia Sikander makes complex paintings, drawings and animations that reflect the shifting nature of boundaries—geographical, cultural and psychological—experienced by anyone who has left a country of origin to live in another.
MAM’s exhibition includes a suite of graphite and ink works on paper, entitled 51 Ways of Looking that incorporate Sikander’s vocabulary of images and forms drawn from miniature painting traditions found in both Hindu and Muslim cultures with information and imagery from a variety of sources.
According to Sikander, “My works are a combination of lived experiences, art history and pop culture.” The new digital animation also on view is an extension of Sikander’s drawings in a time-based format.
From 51 Ways of Looking (detail) 2004. Graphite on paper, series of 51 works: 12 x 9 inches each. Private Collection. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York
The exhibition is organized by Miami Art Museum and curated by Assistant Director for Special Projects/Curator Lorie Mertes as part of New Work, a series of projects by leading contemporary artists.