We are pleased to invite you the next artist talk of On Making, 2020 – a series that delves into the age-old query of “how do we make?” Tracing the different arcs of art and exhibition-making and how these might respond to the changing contours of tomorrow, we have with us this week a leading pioneer of neo-miniature herself – Shahzia Sikander.

Shahzia Sikander’s three decade long oeuvre has brought historical Indo-Persian book arts into the forefront of contemporary art dialogue.  Informed by South Asian, American, Feminist and Muslim perspectives, Sikander has developed a unique, critically charged approach to this time-honoured medium – employing its continuous capacity for reinvention to interrogate ideas of language, trade and empire, and migration.  Her works encompass painting, drawing, animation, installation, video and sculpture. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2006) and the US Medal of Arts (2012), Sikander’s work has been surveyed in solo exhibitions at MAXXI Museo Rome (2016-2017), the Asia Society Hong Kong (2016), the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2015), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2007) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2000) among others. Sikander will have a solo show at the Sean Kelly Gallery in NYC late October through Mid-December 2020. Sikander serves on the boards of the Rhode Island School of Design and Art21. She lives and works in New York City.

In her talk, Shahzia will take us through her recent museum exhibitions, gearing towards her latest solo “Weeping Willows, Liquid Tongues” at Sean Kelly, New York. She is joined in conversation by Phalguni Guliani and Saloni Doshi.

About the Moderators

Phalguni Guliani is the Space118 Contemporaries’ Art Writer in Residence.

Saloni Doshi is the Founder and Director of Space118 Studios.