Shahzia Sikander: Melting Boundaries | Art21 "Extended Play”

Shahzia Sikander: Melting Boundaries | Art21 "Extended Play”

Episode 286: In Madison Square Park, Shahzia Sikander watches as her bronze sculpture "Witness" (2023) is installed a short distance from its counterpart, "Now" (2023), Sikander’s sculpture that sits atop the Appellate Division, First Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York. Prior to this most recent project, the artist has spent nearly three decades developing traditional Indian and Persian art techniques into a visual language that addresses colonial histories and erasures. “I like to think of my practice as an anti-monument,” says Sikander, “because it engages the past without glorifying it.”

Shahzia Sikander was born in 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan. Educated as an undergraduate at the National College of Arts in Lahore, she received her MFA in 1995 from the Rhode Island School of Design. Learn more about the artist at:

“Extended Play” Series Producer: Ian Forster.
Director & Producer: Andrea Yu-Chieh Chung.
Editor: Jiale Hu.
Camera: Sean Hanley, Jane Macedo Yang, Doug Potts.
Additional Camera: Legash Covenas (UAP), Chris Roque (UAP).
Sound: Jan Midelfort, Fivel Rothberg.
Production Assistant: Stephanie Cen.
Colorist: Cédric von Niederhäusern.
Sound: Collin Blendell.
Assistant Editor: Michelle Hanks.
Music: Artlist.
Archival Material: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artwork Courtesy: Shahzia Sikander, Sean Kelly Gallery.
Special Thanks: Madison Square Park Conservancy; Appellate Department, First Division, Of the State of New York; KC Fabrications; Miotto Mosiac Art Studios; UAP.

"Extended Play" is presented by the Marina Kellen French Foundation, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Art21 Contemporary Council, and individual contributors. Producers: Barbara & Andrew Gundlach.

Translated subtitles are generously contributed by our volunteer translation community.

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