Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power


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Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power

Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power is published by the Asia Society on the occasion of Shahzia Sikander’s 2016 solo exhibition at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Edited by the exhibition’s curator, Claire Brandon, the book is 332 pages long with over 100 color plates. It is the most comprehensive publication on the artist to date. The catalogue includes a text by Brandon as well as contributions by Nick Robins, author of The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational (Pluto Press, 2012); art historian John Seyller, a specialist in miniature painting and author of Pahari Paintings in the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art (Hyderabad, 2014); Ayad Akhtar, winner of the Pulitzer-Prize for his play Disgraced (2012); Ashley Nga-sai Wu, assistant curator at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center; and Serpentine co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator and author of Ways of Curating (Farber & Farber, 2014). It also includes an artist statement by Sikander in which she reflects upon her practice since the late 1980s. Graphic design by With Projects in New York and Zero and UBC in Hong Kong.

Shahzia Sikander (1969 – ) presented her first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong. This body of work explores Hong Kong’s colonial complexity, both historical and current. Installed within the Former Explosives Magazine Compound of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power includes drawings on paper and large-scale animations. The exhibition’s title refers to the potential of an image to communicate in multiple contexts, forms, and formats.

The exhibition was curated by Claire Brandon. She holds a Ph.D. in History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Ashley Nga-sai Wu from Asia Society Hong Kong Center is the Assistant Curator.

This program will be a conversation between Shahzia Sikander, and curator and editor Claire Brandon, about this new catalogue of Sikander’s work, with an introduction by Amna Naqvi. The catalogue will be available for purchase at the event.

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