Artforum: Critics’ Pick with Shahzia Sikander

By Patricia Maloney
April 23 – June 25, 2010

Du-Yun_Shahzia-SikanderThe standout works of Shahzia Sikander’s latest exhibition are two 2010 videos made in collaboration with the musician Du Yun: the digital animation The Last Post and the video Gossamer, which features Du Yun performing. The show also includes some of her animations, videos, and ink and gouache drawings from the past eight years. Collectively, the works offer a concentrated study into the gestures, forms, and iconography that recur in Sikander’s work, especially the layering of images that foils efforts to fix singular meaning to individual forms. In The Last Post, sound is utilized to its best effect, reiterating the continual expansion and abstraction of signification her images undergo.

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