The UK Patrons’ Chapter of the Aga Khan Museum has partnered with Asia House to present a talk with Aisha Khalid about her artistic practice and journey over the past 18 years. Khalid’s work puts a contemporary spin on a traditional technique, and has evolved over time using different media, scales, and forms.
Watch below to see a video in which Khalid reflects on the process of creating her six-metre long double-sided tapestry, Your Way Begins on the Other Side, on display now at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Inspired by a traditional four-part Persian garden, and named after a poem by Sufi mystic Rumi, the hand-made tapestry has been made with more than one million gold-plated pins. It was the first contemporary acquisition of the Aga Khan Museum.
Aisha Khalid (b. 1972, Faisalabad) was trained in miniature painting and graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 1997. Since then, Khalid has become a leading figure in developing the contemporary miniature, and is one of the few artists to experiment with large-scale painting and abstraction, video and textiles. Khalid is among a handful of Pakistani artists who have had solo shows of their work including the following: Larger Than Life at the Whitworth and Corvi-Mora Galleries, United Kingdom (2012); Pattern to Follow at Chawkandi Art, Karachi (2010); and Conversations at Pump House Gallery (2008).
She has also had group exhibitions at the Sharjah Biennale (2013); the Moscow Biennale (2013); the Venice Biennale (2009); the Institut du Monde Arabe; and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2011 Khalid was awarded the Jameel Prize’s People’s Choice Award, and in 2012 she was a winner of the Alice Award in the Artist Book Category. Her work is included in several permanent collections including the Sharjah Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the World Bank. She lives and works in Lahore.
Asia House Arts Members only. Free.
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