Rossi & Rossi is delighted to announce its participation in the Galleries sector of the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. The gallery’s solo presentation on the work of Pakistani artist Naiza Khan highlights her diverse practice, which centres on observations of gender and landscape, and their political manifestations.
The booth will include sculpture and photography representative of the artist’s two-decade-long exploration of the female body and the emotional content of attire. Originally begun as drawings of lingerie, the works later emerged as constructions of garments from galvanised steel. Khan’s feminised armour sculptures highlight dual perspectives: where the female form is accentuated by its absence and where the intimacy and femininity of lingerie is undercut by the artist’s chosen medium. Of note, Armour Skirt III (2017) and Armour Skirt IV (2017) express movement and sensuality at odds with their unyielding compositions. Armour Suit for Rani of Jhansi II (2017), which derives its name from the warrior queen of the 1857 Indian Rebellion against the British, comprises a life-sized metal bodice conjoined with a skirt of ivory-white feathers, protruding spikes and an inner lining of red-dyed leather. The commanding work suggests an alternative reading of femininity and strength, submission and resistance.
Also on view, Khan’s paintings and drawings demonstrate her long engagement with the urban landscape of Karachi and its surrounding areas, including the semi-abandoned island of Manora – an enduring source of inspiration for the artist. Though the works are grounded in Karachi, they also reference global phenomena – ideas of the ruin, the dwelling, movement, boundaries and the impermeability of borders – and examine the phenomenon of erasure as well as the intimate pull between object, material and nature. These ideas rest upon particular conceptual and gestural explorations of materiality and embodiment. Representative works include Looking and Looking Away (2017), a large, densely layered oil painting, and four drawings of conté and charcoal on paper from the series Objects from the Deep (2017).
Rossi & Rossi has been selected to participate in the Art Basel Kabinett sector with the photographic work of the late Abbas Kiarostami and in the Art Basel Encounters sector with Rasheed Araeen’s House of Red Bamboo (2017). Please contact the gallery for more information.