A conversation between Shahzia Sikander, Artist, and Christiane Gruber, University of Michigan
Moderated by: Sadia Abbas, Rutgers-Newark
Shahzia Sikander is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York City.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she was educated at the National College of Arts in Lahore and the Rhode Island School of Design. Working in the media of performance art, sculpture, video projection, and digital animation, she incorporates her training in traditional Indo-Persian miniature painting into a conceptual art idiom. A MacArthur Grant recipient (2006), her artwork has been acquired and exhibited globally.
Christiane Gruber is Professor of Islamic Art and Associate Chair in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests span medieval Islamic art to contemporary visual culture. She has authored three books and has edited a dozen volumes on Islamic book arts, ascension texts and images, images of the Prophet Muhammad, and modern visual and material culture.