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BIRMINGHAM

Ikon Gallery

Shahzia Sikander:

Intimate Ambivalence
Installation view of “Shahzia Sikander: Intimate Ambivalence” at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2008.

“Intimate Ambivalence” is the weighty yet instructive title of Shahzia Sikander’s first solo exhibition in the UK at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery. Sikander, who was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and now lives in New York, trained at the National College of Arts in Lahore in miniature painting, an art form dating back to the 15th century. Widely recognized for her technical abilities, Sikander uses contemporary iconography and breaks up the rigid structure of traditional…

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