Saba Khan

Born: 1982, Lahore
Lives and works in Lahore
Saba Khan completed her BFA, from National College of Arts, Lahore, (Distinction), and MFA from Boston University, on Fulbright Scholarship. Residencies attended include: Civitella Ranieri Foundation, UNESCO Aschberg Bursary, Italy; SEHER, Jaisalmer, India; Vermont Studio Center, USA; Indus Valley School, Karachi, Pakistan; 11th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, South Korea. She was a juror for UNESCO Aschberg Bursary. Solo shows: Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi; Rohtas 2, Taseer Gallery, Lahore. Group shows: Monitor 4, SAVAC, Toronto; Kara Film Festival, Karachi; International Art Festival, Kathmandu; Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai; Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Thailand; Affordable Art Fair, New York; India Art Fair; Aicon Gallery, New York. Shortlisted for The Future Generation Art Prize, Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Published in n.paradoxa International Feminist Art Journal, Tran-Asia; The Eye Still Seeks by Salima Hashmi. She teaches at the National College of Arts and founded Murree Museum Artists’ Residency, Murree, an artist-led initiative to support artists/writers, in 2014.

Khan’s work is pumped with humour and satire; it looks at the class divides through layers of local aesthetics. Glitter, paint and crystals are used as tropes to comment on the emerging affluent-class, along with the ‘bad-tastes’ exhibited through religious ceremonies, homes and the bazaar. The works also make acerbic commentary on political and social conditions with inside-jokes and symbols while not preaching on a particular stance.

  • Saba Khan
    Silence 1
    2017
    Digital print and thread on fabric
    73.6 x 55.9 cm (29 x 22 in)
  • Saba Khan
    Silence 2
    2017
    Digital print and thread on fabric
    73.6 x 53.3 cm (29 x 21 in)
  • Saba Khan
    Silence 3
    2017
    Digital print and thread on fabric
    48.3 x 58.4 cm (19 x 23 in)
  • Saba Khan
    Partition Stories With My Grandaunt
    2017
    Digital print and thread on fabric
    50.8 x 68.6 cm (20 x 27 in)
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