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Shahzia Sikander: Nemesis

Tang Teaching Museum, 2004


Trained in miniature painting in Pakistan, Shahzia Sikander boldly reinvents this tradition in her rich and detailed paintings and animations. Her integration of contemporary motifs and references in a traditional context teases the boundaries imposed by time, gender, religion, and culture in two stylistic approaches. The first is characteristic of miniature painting, while the second features loosely rendered forms suggestive of blood, viscera, and the body. Sikander's compositions renegotiate difference, making fluid the distinctions between past and present, Hindu and Islamic, Eastern and Western.

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