Naiza Khan is an established contemporary artist who lives and works between London and Karachi. She studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford and is currently a postgraduate researcher at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, London.
Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, including the Lahore Biennale 01 (2018) , Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2018), Art Basel Hong Kong (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016), the Shanghai Biennale (2012)Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Asia Society, New York, USA (2009); Art Decoding Violence, XV Biennale Donna, Ferrara, Italy (2012); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010).
Khan has been awarded residencies at the Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University, USA; Gasworks, London, UK; and the Rybon Art Center, Tehran, Iran. As a founding member of the Vasl Artists’ Collective in Karachi, she worked to foster art in the city and participated in a series of innovative art projects in partnership with other workshops in the region and beyond. In addition, she has curated three exhibitions of Pakistani contemporary art, including The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990–2010 at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi.
Khan received the Prince Claus Award in recognition of her exceptional initiatives and activities in the fields of art and culture in 2013 and in the same year Khan had her first major retrospective: Karachi Elegies at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan.
Trained as a printmaker, her practice extends across a range of media including oil painting, drawing, video and more recently, the performative speech act. Khan’s early concerns with the politics and aesthetics of the female body are now rooted to the embodied experience of geography, exploring the continuity and disjuncture between different terrains and their entanglements.