No Serhadain: Artist talk and exhibition tour with Hina Khan.
Artist Talk and Exhibition tour: Thursday 16th June 2pm – 3pm in LHQ. No booking necessary.
Serhadain, the Urdu word for boundaries, is a term and concept that drives Kinsale based artist Hina Khan’s art practice. Hina questions the boundaries of artform, in her case the art of miniature painting – in which she has a Master’s Degree – and the political, social and cultural constructions of boundaries. In this solo exhibition, Hina presents several immense artworks. In his text commissioned to accompany No Serhadain, Eamonn Maxwell writes:
“By creating these wonderful fictional landscapes, Hina wants us to see a world beyond the historical and political delineations made by generations of male leaders. She is inviting us to construct our own domains.”
The postcolonial theorist and professor Homi K. Bhabha wrote that:
“the globe shrinks for those who own it; for the displaced or dispossessed, the migrant or the refugee, no distance is more awesome than the few feet across borders or frontiers.” This dual perspective and binaries of power and powerlessness can be seen in Hina’s research interests in her art practice. Using a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques, Hina’s work portrays social issues, immigration and humanitarian crises like prostitution, gender discrimination, restrictions, trauma, child abuse and killing. Abstracted forms of different scales are layered to form other worlds. The work unfolds and envelops the viewer, creating a space of equality and possibility. These works present landscape as something that can be subjective, ephemeral and organic, rather than borders and boundaries arbitrarily decided by those with power.
Hina Khan is based in Kinsale, Co. Cork. She completed her MFA from FJWU (Fatima Jinnah Women University), Pakistan in 2003, with Miniature Painting as her Major. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Pakistan from 2003 to 2011. Since moving to Ireland in 2015, Hina has participated in several group exhibitions in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Portlaoise and Mayo. She has had solo exhibitions in Ballina Arts Centre in 2018 and Laois Arthouse Stradbally in 2019. Hina was the first recipient of the Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios one-month Artist Residency Award in June 2018. In 2019 she was also the first artist to receive the Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre / Cork County Council Artist in Residence Award. Hina was the recipient of a Research and Development award from Create Ireland, in collaboration with Tomasz Madajczak, under the mentorship of visual artist Jesse Jones. She has also recently collaborated with filmmaker David Bick