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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities

July 29 – Sept 26, 2021
225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA

“I have aimed at creating work with unpredictable diversity in pursuit of a multifaceted imagination,” the Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander has said, “open to influences and experiences.” Sikander began by experimenting with Indo-Persian miniature painting, and from there expanded her practice into drawing, animation, installations, video, and film. She refers to the space between thinking and painting as “fiddling,” and says that entering this space leads to fluidity of thought and a crystallization of ideas. Sikander’s work is ethereal, historical, political, and delicately dreamlike, all at once. This exhibition puts the first 15 years of her artistic journey, from student to emergence on the international art scene, before us. —E.C.

Shahzia Sikander, “Separate Working Things I,” 1993–95 © Shahzia Sikander. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

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