Pakistani Art Participates In Venice Biennale First Time
Pakistani Art has got representation at Venice Biennale 2019- mega international art event starting on May 8, as Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Jamal Shah was appointed the commissioner from Pakistan for the show by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
This is Pakistan's first official entry into Venice Biennale 2019 .Eminent artist Naiza khan is announced as the first artist to be the exhibitor through the collection curated by Zahra Khan for representing Pakistan AT LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA.
Naiza Khan's work captures the experience of living and working in Karachi while her practice includes paintings, sculptures, wall drawings, performance and video.
Pakistan will present its inaugural pavilion which is a solo project by the multi-disciplinary artist Naiza Khan at the 58th International Art Exhibition. The artist over a decade has explored the transformations of sites in Karachi like the expanding of its harbour and Manora Island that changed the proportions of habitation, embodiment and ecology.
During her art journey, she worked through research, documentation and mapping-based investigation of the island that how this reshaping reflects wider changes in the Global South.
Curated by Zahra Khan - who works with a focus on South Asian art, the project Manora Field Notes, explores the life in Manora Island as the work engages the viewer in multiple dimensions including historic myths, conversations with local communities and architectonic phenomena such as ruins and construction sites.
Zahra Khan says that Naiza's practice revives the multicultural and multireligious history of Manora Island and she is the ideal artist to represent Pakistan on this exciting global stage.
Naiza Khan says that it is honor for her to represent Pakistan and share her new works, situating it within a larger conversation that links Venice to the Persian- Indian- Arab peninsulas through histories of empire and maritime trade.
Khan has exhibited internationally, including her critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the Broad Museum, Michigan (2013), the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), Brisbane (2018), and Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Asia Society Museum, New York (2009). Her work has also featured in major events including the Shanghai Biennale (2012) and Kochi Muziris Biennale (2016).
Pakistan's participation in Biennale Arte 2019 is supported by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of Pakistan and organized by Foundation Art Divvy.
Syed Jamal Shah, Director General of the PNCA is also currently on visit to Venice for this grand international event. In his comments about the show, he said "It is an honor for bringing a Pakistan pavilion to La Biennale di Venezia for the very first time as PNCA is dedicated to supporting contemporary artists and providing them with an international platform to showcase their work.