Naiza Khan

Naiza Khan (b. Bahawalpur, Pakistan 1968) trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and the Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, UK. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, including at the 2012 Shanghai Biennale and exhibitions such as Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Asia Society, New York, USA; XV Biennale Donna, Ferrara, Italy; Desperately Seeking Paradise at Art Dubai 2008; Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; and the 2010 Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt.

The artist has been selected for residencies at the Gasworks, London, UK, and at the Rybon Art Center, Tehran, Iran. As a founding member and longtime coordinator of Vasl Artists’ Collective in Karachi, Khan has worked to foster art in the city, and participated in a series of innovative art projects in partnership with other workshops in the region, such as Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India; Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Sutra Art Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal; and Theertha International Artists’ Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In addition, she has curated three exhibitions of Pakistani contemporary art, including The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990–2010 at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi.

In 2013, Khan had her first major retrospective in an American museum: Karachi Elegies at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA. In 2013, she was also the recipient of the Prince Claus Award in recognition of her exceptional initiatives and activities in the fields of art and culture.