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24 Oct 2011

Looking through the wider lens at JanKossen Contemporary, Basel

Sheema Khan, Amra Khan, Tazeen Qayyum, Madiha Sikander, and Wardha Shabbir

Looking through the wider lens: A group show of contemporary Pakistani women artists
JanKossen Contemporary


Thur 27 Oct 18:00 - 21:00 Closes 20 November
Opening time:
Fridays 18:30 - 20:00, Sat and Sun 14:00 - 16:00
or by appointment


+41 79 268 5585

JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery
10 Wildensteinerstrasse
4052 Basel

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A group show with the artists Sheema Khan, Amra Khan, Tazeen Qayyum, Madiha Sikander, and Wardha Shabbir.

LOOKING THROUGH THE WIDER LENS brings closer to a European audience the overlooked, yet exceptionally vibrant contemporary art from Pakistan. The show is the premiere exhibition held in Switzerland, which features five emerging women artists who have been trained within the traditions of historical miniature painting. Many of the works are being shown for the first time in Europe.

LOOKING THROUGH A WIDER LENS focuses on the contemporary miniature movement in Pakistan and demonstrates the skills of the modern miniaturist artist, who have transformed the traditional, historical miniature painting from the Mughal courts of South Asia into today's stunning contemporary art form.

The artists featured in LOOKING THROUGH THE WIDER LENS take various approaches to the changing use of miniature painting, by using contemporary themes that reflect their lives living as a woman in Pakistan; themes that touch upon sexuality, identity as well as a discourse with their environment. Subject matters are played with ideas of scale, or utilizing digital and other forms of media instead of painting.

When considering the global media coverage concerning Pakistan, the focus is almost exclusively on military and geopolitical issues. The dynamic and burgeoning contemporary arts scene in cities such as Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad is routinely overshadowed by such attentions. This show hopes to change that.

About JanKossen Contemporary
JanKossen Contemporary Art Gallery is a Swiss-association based in Basel. The gallery's mission is to foster international cultural-exchange, by organising new curatorial projects promoting artists primarily from outside Europe. These include the Greater Middle East including Pakistan; South and Central Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

With an emphasis on discovering and cultivating new talent, the gallery presents imaginative thematic exhibitions and tightly focused solo exhibitions, where the aim is to increase the appreciation of non-European art, among an audience of both seasoned as well as new generation collectors.