Moving Perspectives: Shahzia Sikander/Xun

July 18, 2009 – November 8, 2009

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

As part of the year-long series Moving Perspectives that focuses on recent works of video art that provide rich sensory experiences of the many changes taking place in contemporary Asia, works by Shahzia Sikander and Sun Xun will be on shown continuously.

  • Trained in Pakistan and in the United States, Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969, Lahore, Pakistan) deftly reinterprets miniature painting by isolating and abstracting formal compositional elements often found in this densely layered and intricate art form. The dynamism of her paintings is further set in motion in her video works, where the repetition of abstract forms becomes a buzzing hive, calligraphy whirls in and out of view, and imaginary curves morph into vivid landscapes.
  • Similarly, Sun Xun (b. 1980, Fuxin, China) creates hundreds of paintings and drawings using sheets of old newspapers or entire blank walls. Filming his hand-drawn images, he transforms clocks, magicians, words, and insects into animated symbols flickering across the screen in dark allegories on the nature of historical consciousness and the passage of time.