29th March 2019
Pavilion of Pakistan at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Foundation Art Divvy and The Pakistan National Council of the Arts are delighted to present Manora Field Notes by the multi-disciplinary artist Naiza Khan.

Curated by Zahra Khan, Co-Director of Foundation Art Divvy, this solo presentation marks Pakistan’s first participation in the Biennale Arte.

Manora Field Notes showcases a new body of work that brings together ideas of embodiment, ecology and optics. The presentation will immerse the viewer in life upon Manora Island, part of a small archipelago off the harbour of Karachi. Over the last decade, Naiza Khan has traversed Manora on foot, documenting its material culture, public space and maritime past, and has witnessed the slow erasure of the island’s history and natural ecology. The artist’s prolific archive of images, objects and observations engage with multiple bodies of knowledge – historic myth, conversations with local communities and architectural phenomena such as ruins and construction sites – creating an archive of lived experience which reflects the entangled landscapes she is crossing.

Asma Rashid, Co-Director of Foundation Art Divvy (Organiser, Pavilion of Pakistan):

“We founded Art Divvy in 2016 with the goal of bringing the stories of contemporary Pakistani artists to a broader audience, with supporting emerging artists being core to that mission. The Pavilion comes at a time when Pakistan is turning the corner and looking forward to new horizons. The Pakistani Pavilion in Venice is years in the making, and we hope this opens a new window to the diversity of talent and practice of artists and curators working out of Pakistan. We are grateful for the support and partnership of the Ministry of Information, Government of Pakistan and The Pakistan National Council of the Arts, which recognises that there are many more voices that need to be heard and stories which are waiting to be told.”

Image Credit: Artist Naiza Khan and Curator by Zahra Khan © Carlotta Cardana, Courtesy of Foundation Art Divvy.