Loss, Longing, Belonging: Shahzia Sikander’s Khorfakkan Series ~ a Discussion at NYU

 

 

 

Image: Shahzia Sikander, The Cypress Despite Its Freedom Is Held Captive to the Garden, 2012–2013, Sharjah, Khorfakkan Cinema, UAE. Courtesy of Shahzia Sikander Studio.

Join NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York on March 7th for an exciting dialogue, presented by the Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective with 19 Washington Square North, and co-sponsored by the Grey Art Gallery.

Alongside the opening of the exhibition of work by Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander at 19WSN, the gallery opens its doors to a dialogue between Sikander and Gayatri Gopinath (Director, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU). Sikander’s photographs, initially taken in 2012, depict the ruin and desolation of a South Asian movie theater and its sole caretaker in Khorfakkan, Sharjah, and speak poignantly to the questions of home, displacement, belonging, and unbelonging that touch the lives of many South Asian migrants in the UAE.

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Shahzia Sikander Raises New Symbols of Justice in Madison Sq Park & Atop Neighboring Courthouse ~ Shahzia Sikander: Havah…to breathe, air, life

 

 

 

‘Witness’ on view in Madison Square Park and the Courthouse. Image: The artist Shahzia Sikander’s Instagram

Opening January 2023, Havah…to breathe, air, life Merges Sikander’s Explorations into Sculpture and Video in an Exhibition That Reconsiders Traditional Representations of Power

Significant new works on the theme of justice by artist Shahzia Sikander are featured in a major multimedia exhibition at Madison Square Park. Presented simultaneously in the park and at the adjacent Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life features two new large-scale sculptures—one within the park that can be transformed through augmented reality and another atop the Courthouse rooftop, the first female figure to adorn one of its ten plinths. Additionally, a recent video animation by Sikander will be on view in the park, visually intertwining the distinct elements. The exhibition is a culmination of Sikander’s exploration of female representation in monuments and marks her first major, site-specific outdoor exhibition in sculptural form. Havah…to breathe, air, lifeis co-commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS). The exhibition will be on view in New York from January 17 through June 4, 2023, before traveling to Houston.

As the exhibition opens, we must congratulate the artist on being awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced it has awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity to artist Shahzia Sikander. The $50,000 award honors Sikander’s exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life, opening today, January 17, at Madison Square Park and the neighboring Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

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