Collective Behavior

Palazzo Van Axel Venezia

La Biennale di Venezia

APRIL 20, 2024

Press Release

Shahzia Sikander: Collective Behavior is the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date, illustrating her distinctive iconography and continuous invention across media. The exhibition begins with her breakthrough work The Scroll (1989-90), created for her graduate thesis project at Lahore’s National College of Arts, which established her position at the vanguard of the neo-miniature movement. Encompassing the spectrum of her creative output from that career-launching work to the present-day, Collective Behavior also debuts new works by Sikander that respond to the architecture and history of the Palazzo Soranzo van Axel, the city of Venice, and global histories of trade and artistic exchange.

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