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Aisha Khalid

Miniature painting – technique and beyond
13–25 August 2018

At the circle’s center, Aisha Khalid, 2016
At the circle’s center, 2016, gouache on wasli paper, 162.6 × 269.2 cm, courtesy of the artist

Miniature painting and other media


What to bring
The necessary tools and materials will be specified along with your confirmation of acceptance, and can be purchased at the Academy shop.

Basic understanding of drawing. Participants should be able to work sitting on cushions on the floor.

Maximum number of participants

Hammad Gillani

Participation fee
€ 700,– (€ 540,–)

This 14-day introductory course will focus on the centuries-old traditional technique of miniature painting, from the Indian subcontinent. The course will evolve around preparation of materials, including brush-making, wasli-papermaking, and processing the paints/pigments in a traditional way. Demonstrations will also be an important part throughout the course, which will include different techniques of making a miniature painting (pencil, Siyyah Qalam, Gad’rang, gilding and border-making).

During the course, Aisha Khalid will also talk about the revival of contemporary miniature painting in Pakistan.

Participants who already have experience in miniature painting and know the basic techniques will have more time than “beginners” to integrate the miniature painting in their own artistic production at the end of the course.

Aisha Khalid, born in Faisalabad (PK) in 1972, lives and works in Lahore (PK). She is one of Pakistan’s leading contemporary artists, curators and art teachers. She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and is a post-graduate of the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Khalid is part of the so-called Neo-Miniature movement’s first generation. The trend, which started in Lahore around 1990, “rehabilitates” the traditional miniature painting technique from the Moghul Empire, giving it new life by mixing it with other media and updating it to reflect a more contemporary aesthetic. She was a finalist and people’s choice winner of the 2011 Jameel Prize, and was also awarded the 2012 Alice Award and the 2010 Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award of Excellence.

Solo exhibitions
2017 Two Wings to Fly, Not One (with Imran Qureshi), Pakistan National Council for the Arts, Islamabad. I am and I am not, Zilberman Gallery, Berlin. 2016 Two Worlds as One, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. 2014 When I am silent, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong (CN). 2013 The Divine is in the detail, IVDE Gallery, Dubai (AE). 2012 Larger Than Life, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (UK). 2010 Pattern to Follow, Chowkandi Gallery, Karachi (PK).

Group exhibitions
2016 Red gaze, Zilberman Gallery, Berlin. 2015 Minor Heroism, Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul (TR). 2014 Garden of Ideas: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (CA), Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (NL). 2013 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow. 2011 The Jameel Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Plot for a Biennial, 10th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (AE). 2009 East–West DIVAN: Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran & Pakistan, 53. Biennale di Venezia Collateral Event, La Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice (IT). 2008 Living Traditions, Queen’s Palace, Bagh-e-babur, Kabul. 2006 Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia House, London. 2002 The Galleries Show: Contemporary Art in London, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka (JP).

Ghalya Saadawi, Ismail Al Rifai (eds.): Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah 2011.
Sabine B. Vogel (ed.): Political Patterns: Ornament im Wandel, exh. cat., ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin/Stuttgart 2010.
Aisha Khalid: Name, Class, Subject, Raking Leaves, London 2010.
Iftikhar Dadi: Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia, The University of South Carolina Press, Columbia 2010.
Jemima Montagu, Constance Wyndham (eds.): Living Traditions, exh. cat., Queen’s Palace, Bagh-e-babur, Kabul, Turquoise Mountain, Kabul 2009.

Portrait photo Aisha Khalid
Portrait photo: At if Saeed and Kamran Saleem