The Smuggler's Drawing Room | Crystals, beads and acrylic paint on canvas stretched on board | 96 x 48 in, | 2016
Saba Khan's multimedia work moves within the language of memorial, monument and public art. From lush beaded paintings of cakes to miniature dioramas of a bureaucrat's boring office; from flashing LED signs of stereotyped "Islamic art" to embellished textile banners honoring the mundane generator, she balances grandeur, artifice and satire in order to explore the cracks in the facade of life in her native Lahore, Pakistan. Saba holds a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore and an MFA from Boston University supported by a Fulbright Scholarship. Her work was included in the Karachi Biennale 2018 and the Lahore Biennale 2020. Her solo exhibitions include “ONE” at COMO (contemporary/modern) Museum of Art, Lahore (2019) and “Zinda-dil-a’an-e-Lahore–Billboard Project” (2020), an initiative of Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF). In 2014, she founded Murree Museum Artist Residency, an artist-led initiative in a British colonial hill station, and in 2020 the satirical artist collective Pak Khawateen Painting Club was triggered from the commission of Lahore Biennale 02. She recently won grants from Sharjah Art Foundation (2020), Graham Foundation (2020), British Council (2020) and Paul Mellon Centre (2021). Khan teaches at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.