Pakistanis, especially residents of the Big Apple, have due cause to celebrate. Manhattan’s most famous landmark is displaying the work of Pakistani artist Shazia Sikandar. Exploring the concept of swarming as an observable phenomenon,’Gopi-Contagion’, a video installation comprising of hundreds of animated drawings by the artist, is the cynosure of all eyes at the moment. Times Square is visited by thousands of tourists every day, and getting exposure in that kind of iconic public space is a triumph indeed.
This latest visual treat is part of the Midnight Moment program organized by the Times Square Arts and The Times Square Advertising Coalition. Initiated in 2012 by NASDAQ, Disney, CNN, Reuters and Bank of America, the program focuses on displaying creative content on electronic billboards.
Shazia Sikandar graduated fron National College of Arts, Lahore, with a degree in miniature painting. She earned her MFA from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and now resides in the U.S. Her work is currently on display in the Guggenheim Museum at Bilbao and Tufts University. The artist says she is interested in “exploring and rediscovering cultural and political boundaries”.
At Times Square, Sikandar proudly stands among titans. Artists whose work has previously been displayed there include Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Takeshi Murata and Leslie Thornton. To see a Pakistani artist’s work lighting up the landscape at this world-famous site is a matter of pride and indeed, a sight to behold.