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The Wardrobe
By Naiza Khan
Charcoal, conté and acrylic on Fabriano paper
Estimated price: £6,000-8,000

Sotheby’s forthcoming sale of South Asian Art includes a selection of works by leading contemporary artists from Pakistan. The group includes works by Aisha Khalid, Farida Batool, Talha Rathore, Naiza Khan and Imran Qureshi who has an installation currently on view on the roof terrace of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

One of the highlights is a work on paper by Naiza Khan who has recently had a monograph published examining 25 years of the artist’s work and marking her first solo show in the US at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan. The Wardrobe is a work from Khan’s The Skin She Wears series.

Through her work Khan highlights issues of gender within a religious and secular context. The Wardrobe is a continuation of a concept developed by the artist in response to the Lal Masjid siege of 2007 in Islamabad, where women took to the streets in their hijabs to protect their religious beliefs. Khan created a series of fabricated metal corsets and armour bodices that were both defensive and defiant, addressing the role of women within Pakistani society. Khan’s corsets and drawings demonstrate the duality of clothing, worn to both conceal the body as well to display identity.

Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art Sale will take place in London on June 11, 2013.

For further information, please visit www.sothebys.com

First published in the Adbuzzzz section of the DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 9, 2013.