Parallax, 2013

Shahzia Sikander
Parallax, 2013
Three-channel HD animated video projection, sound
12 minutes
Installation view
Photo courtesy of the Artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery


While examining cultural and political boundaries as a space for discussion and intervention,Shahzia Sikander’s practice creates an interpretive and critical dialogue with the history and provenance of Indo-Persian miniature painting.

She has had solo exhibitions at the Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, USA (2012); San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA (2011); Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York (2009), daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2007); Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York (2000) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA (1999).

Sikander’s work has appeared in numerous group presentations, at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2010); Museum of Modern Art, New York (multiple years); Venice Biennale(2005); Istanbul Biennial (2003) and the Whitney Biennial, New York (1997).

She received the inaugural Medal of Arts awarded by the US State Department (2012); MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, USA (2006) and the National Pride of Honor given by the Pakistani government (2005).

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennial 11


Sikander, Shahzia

Transformation Series no. 5

In the photographs, you see the caretaker watching the faded screen as I project my drawings upon it, transforming the space and bringing the cinema back to life.

Sikander, Shahzia


Focusing on Sharjah’s location on the Strait of Hormuz, and the area’s historical power tensions, this animated video explores ideas of control and conflict.