Naiza Khan (London & Karachi)


Set in a Moment Yet Still Moving

Performative Talk

A performance punctuating Khan’s series of field notes since 2007, that encapsulate her decade-long transversals by foot across Manora Island, the urban landscape of Karachi, and its maritime history. Exploring the material culture of the island and the city, the performance proliferates her vast archive of images, objects and textual observations to reimagine the everyday violence of postcolonial globalization, and to rethink the continuities and disjuncture between different terrains and their entanglements. Taking a cue from the focus of FIELD MEETING: Thinking Collections in Dubai, Kahn expands her notes to further extend conceptually the geography of her walking as a wider resonance in the context of the pressing contemporary issues impacting much of the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
Naiza Khan’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by Alserkal Avenue (Dubai).

Nazai Khan is a Pakistani artist who works between London and Karachi. Through a variety of media including drawing, video and the speech act, Khan explores ways to reimagine spatial histories amidst the everyday violence of postcolonial globalization. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016-17), the Shanghai Biennale (2012), and the Asia Society in New York (2009). In 2010, Khan curated the exhibition The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990–2010 at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi, and, in 2013, received her first museum retrospective, Karachi Elegies, at the the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. In the same year, Khan received the Prince Claus Award for her exceptional initiatives in the field of art and culture. She is currently an M.A. candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmith’s College in London.