MADIHA SIKANDER


Madiha Sikander was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1987. She is a visual artist and writer, currently in Lahore. She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2009 and was awarded a distinction for her thesis project 'Anonymous'. Her concerns in the context of contemporary miniature practice and the socio-political commentary of the region in which she is based, locate her work squarely in the midst of an extremely relevant and contemporary regional and global dialogue. Built of complex layers that simultaneously address the past, the present, the social, political and personal, Sikander's most recent work with the book is able to simultaneously engage notions of identity, ownership, memory and erasure. Sikander's work contends the relation between real and imaginary, depicting the world beyond appearances. Her use of realism is a turning point in the history of our contemporary miniature painting.


Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in Paris, Switzerland, USA, Kenya, Sri Lanka, India and Singapore. She has had a solo show 'Home is where...' at Koel Gallery, 2013. She was a part of the 11th Wasanii International Artist's Workshop at Kuona Trust, Kenya and Regional Workshop, Theertha in 2012. In 2014 she was awarded UNESCO Aschberg Bursary for Emerging Artistsfollowing which she pursued a residency at the Bundanon Trust, Australia.