Shahzia Sikander: Havah… to Breathe, Air, Life
January 17, 2023 - June 4, 2023
Madison Square Park:
11 Madison Ave,
New York, NY 10010

Topics of justice have long gripped Shahzia Sikander, the Pakistani-American visual artist perhaps best known for subverting Central and South Asian miniature painting traditions. For her commission at Madison Square Park, she delves into representation in monuments with two new large-scale female figures—one at the park, brought to life through Snap AR technology, and another on the rooftop of a nearby courthouse, where it joins plinths inhabited by statues of nine historic male legislators. The installation asks who is historically represented—and who wields power in the justice system both symbolically and actually.

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