Bio

Saba Khan
Saba Khan is a visual artist and founded Murree Museum Artist Residency, an artist-led initiative in 2014 in the British colonial hill-station, Murree. Her work varies from painting, sculpture, photography to installation, used as tropes to comment on the emerging aspirational class, along with the ‘bad-tastes’ in religious ceremonies, homes and the bazaar. Recent thematic residencies have been on ecology, impact of development and mass tourism on the town of Murree, turning it into a tiny hill metropolis in disarray. Top down bureaucratic decisions are creating class divides and exasperating the environment. This led her to form a satirical collective of female artists (Pak Khawateen Painting Club) to visit monumental, ambitious sites, such as dams and barrages, that have transnational effects on the environment. She has won grants from Foundation for the Arts Initiative, Fulbright, Graham Foundation and Sharjah Art Foundation and exhibited at Karachi Biennale (2018), Lahore Biennale (2020).

Pak Khawateen Painting Club (translated from the Urdu as Pure Pakistani Women’s Painting Club) was formed by invitation to create a new commission at the Lahore Biennale 02 (2020). It is a trajectory of the Murree Museum Artist Residency, a yearly artist-run initiative that invites practitioners to examine postcolonial conditions and the decay of the British-Raj era hill-station Murree, a microcosm of municipal, bureaucratic and ecological issues. The Painting Club investigates powerful mega structures that lead to problems at a transnational level, resulting in the displacement of indigenous populations. The unequal division of resources and the inundation of histories, hydrological engineering finds an unexpected foe in its (not so) ‘Pak’ provocateurs (members): Malika Abbas, Saulat Ajmal, Amna Hashmi, Saba Khan, Natasha Malik, Zohreen Murtaza and Emaan Shaikh. The artist collective was founded in 2020 in Lahore, where some of the members live and work.



SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
2019
ONE, opening exhibition, Contemporary and Modern Art Museum, Lahore
2018
Making a Contemporary Landscape, O Art Space, Lahore
2017
How not to be Small and Silent, Rohtas 2 Gallery, Lahore
2016
Drawings Documents, Indus Valley School Gallery, Karachi
2015
Rosy Dreams and High Walls, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, 3-17 Nov
2012
The Encroachment, Rohtas 2 Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, September 12-22
2011
Culture Shock, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, January
2010
When in Boston”, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan, December
2009
Ajaib-ul-Mukhloqaat (Odd Beings), Drawing Room Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, (cat.)



SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2020
Between the Sun and the Moon, Lahore Biennale 02, Curator: Hoor Al Qasimi

2019
If You Have a Garden in Your Library, AAN Gandhara Art Space, Karachi

2018
River in an Ocean, Lahore Biennale Collateral, Lahore
Faqir-Khana Museum, Lahore Biennale Collateral, Lahore

2017
You selfish Dreamer, Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London
Karachi Biennale 01
Sugarcoated, Ilaka-project, Hoxtons Basement, London
We Ate the Birds, Koel Gallery, Karachi

2016
Go Figure, Aicon Gallery, New York, New York, USA
India Art Fair, Taseer Art Gallery, Booth B-11, New Delhi, India

2015
Pretty can be Gritty, Gandhara-Art Space, Karachi

2014
Waxing Lyrical, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi
Murree Museum Artists’ Residency Show, Resource Center, Murree
Islamabad Literature Festival, Islamabad. Curator: Lavinia Filippi
Lahore Literary Festival, Lahore. Curator: Qudsia Rahim, Amra Khan

2012
Stop, Pause, Play, Repeat, LawrieShabibi, Dubai, UAE. Curator: Nafisa Rizvi
The Colour of the Narrative, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. Curator: Salima Hashmi (cat.)
Letters to Taseer, Drawing Room Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, January. Curator: Salima Hashmi

2011
Zero Hour, Drawing Room Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, November. Curator: Asad Hayee (Rohtas 2 and Reprieve)
Pakistan Rising, Mica Gallery, London, UK, November
6x3, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, August.
Urban Condition, Poppy Seed Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, May. Curator: Sumbal Khan

2010
MFA Degree Show, 808 Gallery, Boston, USA, April
Strange Days: The Uncanny in Pakistani Contemporary Art, Drawing Room Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, March. Curator: Dr. Atteqa Ali (cat.)

2009
Boston Days, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston University, Boston, USA, Dec
International Art Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal, September (cat.)
Separating Myth from Reality, Status of Women, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan, September

2008
Monitor 4, South Asian Film Festival, SAVAC, Toronto, Canada, March

2007
SAARC Artists, Lalit Kala Akademy, Delhi, India
7th Karafilm Festival, Karachi, Pakistan, November (cat.)

2006
Visions of the Future, Al-Hamra Arts Council, Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. (cat.)
Emerging Talent”, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, Jan