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Pakistan Pavilion at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Pakistan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Pakistan Pavilion Biennale of Art
Pakistan Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Biennale's Gardens, Castello - Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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Pakistan Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Venice Biennale's Pakistan Pavilion is Manora Field Notes.

Artist: Naiza Khan.
Curator: Zahra Khan.
Commissioner: Syed Jamal Shah, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, PNCA.
Seat: Tanarte, Castello 2109/A e Spazio Tana, Castello 2110-2111 - Venice

Press Release Pakistan Pavilion of 58th Venice Biennale of Art

For the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Pakistan will present its inaugural pavilion, a solo project by the multi-disciplinary artist Naiza Khan.

Khan (born 1968, Pakistan) lives and works between Karachi, Pakistan, and London, UK. Over the last ten years, Khan has looked at the transformations of sites such as the expanding Karachi harbour and Manora Island, foregrounding the dimensions of embodiment, ecology and habitation. Her practice is built upon a detailed process of research, documentation and mapping-based investigation of the island looking at how this reshaping reflects wider changes in the Global South.

The project Manora Field Notes, curated by Zahra Khan, will immerse the viewer in life upon Manora Island according to the artist as translator and mediator. The work engages with multiple bodies of knowledge - archival material, historic myths, conversations with local communities and architectonic phenomena such as ruins and construction sites. It constitutes an archive of lived experience and reflects the shifting power dynamics within the landscape.

Zahra Khan comments: “Naiza’s practice, based upon research and observation, brings to life the unique nautical, multicultural and multireligious history of Manora Island, as a microcosm of larger Pakistan. I am thrilled to be working with Naiza on Pakistan’s first national pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia. She is the ideal artist to represent Pakistan on this exciting global stage and her work perfectly encapsulates the theme of Biennale Arte 2019.”

Naiza Khan comments: “The project for Venice is a culmination of several years of exploration and research, looking at the material culture of Karachi, a port city, and its surroundings. Ideas of friction, optics and atmospheric climates emerge as central to my current concerns. I feel honoured to represent Pakistan and to share this new body of work, situating it within a larger conversation that links Venice to the Persian- Indian- Arab peninsulas through histories of empire and maritime trade.”

Khan trained at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and the Wimbledon College of Art, London. She is continuing her studies at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Khan also acts as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi.

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 organised by Foundation Art Divvy.

Syed Jamal Shah, Director General of the PNCA, comments: “We are delighted to be bringing a Pakistan pavilion to La Biennale di Venezia for the very first time. The PNCA is dedicated to supporting contemporary artists and providing them with an international platform to showcase their work, and I can’t think of a better stage than Venice. We look forward to visitors from all over the world engaging with Naiza’s thought-provoking and captivating art."

About Zahra Khan

Zahra Khan is a curator who works with a focus on South Asian art. In her role as Curator and Director of Foundation Art Divvy, she continues to promote contemporary artists from Pakistan and build the organisation’s presence on the international art scene.

Khan previously worked in art galleries and institutions including Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York and Sotheby’s and Blain|Southern in London. Khan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and holds a Masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

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