Born 1968 Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Lives and works in
Karachi, Pakistan and London, United Kingdom
In a practice spanning more than 25 years, Naiza Khan has created a compelling collection of works concerned with the female body, as well as exploring broader themes of place and identity. Khan trained as a painter and printmaker and is also known for her painting, sculpture and installations. These have included Henna Hands (1997-2002), in which she stencilled henna-paste silhouettes of female bodies on the walls of a Karachi neighbourhood, and an ongoing series of sculptural works using galvanised steel, latex, leather, feathers and organza. These sculptures resemble armour but take their form from lingerie, chastity belts, corsets and other items of clothing. Khan initially created the works in response to a defining socio-religious Urdu text that prescribed ‘appropriate’ morals and behaviour for young Muslim women. With their fragmented, incomplete forms they also resemble wounded bodies, reflecting on the presence of militarism and violence throughout the world.