Shahzia Sikander is best known for her experimentation with the formal constructs of Indo-Persian miniature painting through video, animation, murals and collaboration with other artists. Underpinning the work is also Sikander’s interest in paradox, societies in flux, and formal and visual disruption as a means to cultivate new associations. She has received the Medal of Art by US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton (2012), John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Achievement ‘Genius’ award, (2006) and the National Pride of Honor by the Pakistani Government (2005). In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader.
With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the India in the World Theme Semester and in conjunction with the exhibition, “Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art”, on view at UMMA January 25 — May 4, 2014.
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