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Elliat Albrecht. Exhibition Review ‘Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power’

In a 2014 New York Times op-ed, ‘History is often held hostage by the highest bidder—whoever gets to tell the story ends up defining what happened’, wrote Pakistan-born artist Shahzia Sikander. Spanning nearly three decades, her diverse and poetic practice has been an ardent endeavour to ensure that complex dialogues cut across cultural and political boundaries with ease. Sikander, as a transnational artist, is invested in examining the collision of cultures and people with a critical gaze. ‘Apparatus of Power’ was her first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong and was curated by Claire Brandon, a PhD candidate at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. The exhibition explored the flux of colonial legacies, dislocation and identity through numerous drawings and paintings on paper as well as an immersive large-scale animation.

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