Miniature Painting Workshops Friday, April 17:
Talha Rathore graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, in 1995, specializing in the art of miniature painting. Based in Brooklyn, she explores in her artistic work a variety of anxieties and dichotomies that emerge out of the immigrant experience and the quest to belong, poignantly articulated in a series of works made on New York subway maps. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut; and World Bank Art Gallery, Washington DC. Her paintings have been shown in various galleries in Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, Malaysia, Japan, Morocco, Dubai, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Hiba Schahbaz also trained in the art of miniature painting at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, and graduated in 2003. In 2012, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Museum Studies from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Through the language of miniature painting, she pursues issues of self-identification, and in the process, she contemporizes and re-contextualizes “traditional” miniature painting. The subjects of her work derive from personal narratives and her relationship with her surroundings. Merging the symbolism and iconography of the contemporary world with the traditional techniques and styles she learned at NCA, her paintings fuse the real with the imagined, resulting in fantastical landscapes. She has exhibited her work internationally, in addition to curating exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India.
Event made possible by the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency Fund.