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I Am and I Am Not: Aisha Khalid

April 1-July 16, 2023

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 42 Queen Street, New Plymouth, Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Govett-Brewster is pleased to present I Am And I Am Not,  a comprehensive retrospective of the Pakistani artist Aisha Khalid.

The exhibition presents more than 40 works by Khalid dating from 1993 to the present day. Having experienced a forced migration from her farmlands in Sindh to urban Punjab at a young age, the geometric patterns that form the basis of her artistic language are directly inspired by the floor tiles of her childhood home. This repeated allusion to the loss of loved land places Khalid’s work within contemporary contexts of colonization and displacement in many parts of the world today.

Extending her work beyond the confines of the two-dimensional wasli – a handmade paper used for miniature paintings – Khalid has widened her practice to include three dimensional forms, video and in-situ installations, performance art, and interactive work with sound installations. Elaborate tapestries, formed with common pins, are allegorical investigations into the dichotomies between East and West.

Find out more on the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery website.