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HCTS Stadtgespräch at Heidelberger Kunstverein

May 08, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, at 6 pm, the next HCTS Stadtgespräch will take place at the Heidelberger Kunstverein. It is the third event in a series initiated at the HCTS to engage in conversations with the members of the Heidelberg community. The upcoming event features a performance and concluding discussion with the Pakistani artist Naiza Khan.

At the Stadtgespräch "Notes for a Structure We Cannot See: A Performance and Discussion with Artist Naiza Khan," Naiza Khan reads from her journal, in which she recorded her decade-long engagement with Manora, an island close to Karachi. Khan revisted Manora's sites through a range of media, including photography, drawings, video work, objects in brass, paintings and narrative text. In her performance and the discussion that follows at the Stadtgespräch, Khan will explore ways to reimagine spatial histories amidst the everyday violence of postcolonial globalization.

Alongside Naiza Khan, Prof. Monica Juneja, the HCTS Professor of Global Art History, and Prof. Karin Zitzewitz, Humboldt Research Fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Prof. Henry Keazor, professor at the Institute of Art History at Heidelberg University, and Ursula Schöndeling, Director of the Heidelberger Kunstverein, will participate at the event as discussants.

The Stadtgespräch will be held in English and is part of a continuing collaboration between the Heidelberger Kunstverein and the Professorship of Global Art History at the HCTS. The organization of the event is this a collaboration of Profs. Juenja and Zitzewitz with Ursula Schöndeling.

The HCTS Stadtgespräch was initiated in 2017 in order to facilitate a platform for the exchange between representatives of the citiy, researchers, and the wider public. It addresses questions relevant to Heidelberg and its citizens and commonly features lectures, discussions, film screenings or concerts amongst others. The HCTS Stadtgespräch always includes a representative of the city of Heidelberg and takes place in a public venue in the city.

Naiza Khan lives and works between London and Karachi. Her work has been widely exhibited, including a retrospective at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in 2013, and at Lahore Biennale 01 in 2018. She is the recipient of the Prince Claus Fund award.


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  • Building Terrain I, 2014, digital C-type prints, 129.5 x 93 cm, © Naiza Khan

  • Naiza H. Khan, © Naheed Bilgrami