Giving an ancient art form a modern twist
The ancient art of Indo-Persian miniature painting takes exacting technique. Shahzia Sikander, who trained as a miniature painter at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, in the early 1990s, uses it as a launching pad. Her wheeling, nuanced works on paper and videos explore and critique issues of power, colonialism, and geopolitical tensions. Her exhibit ”Shahzia Sikander: The Exploding Company Man and Other Abstractions,” is at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.