Critical Writing Index

Nilima Sheikh and Shahzia Sikander at the Asia Society - New York - Brief Article

by Eleanor Heartney

Art in America, Mar. 2002, v. 90, no. 3, p. 133

This article originally featured in Art in America. It discusses the exhibition "Conversations with Traditions" featuring two female painters - Shahzia Sikander, a pakistani born American artist and Nilima Sheikh, an Indian artist who is a generation above Sikander. Both artists work in the miniature tradition, however, the exhibition demonstrates that "tradition" can be a loaded term on the postcolonial world. The exhbition also shows the differences between the two artists and how time and geography has shaped the way they both deal with the miniature tradition. Shahzia Sikander has recently started experimenting with digital video projections and she exploits video's fluid nature to create an animated, non-linear space.

ITEM 2002.159 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Scroll (1991)Shahzia Sikander

When Champa Grew Up (1984)Nilima Sheikh