BASEERA KHAN

Baseera Khan makes paintings on paper, video animations and installations about, among other things, internationalism. Born and raised in a suburb of Dallas, Texas to Muslim-Indian immigrants, Khan's experiences of India are either as a visitor or as an observer of the immigrant community in which she was raised. Her exploration of cultural hybridization, rooted in a second-generation immigrant experience, touches on themes of alienation, integration, assimilation and identity in flux.

Landscape is prominent in her work, but rather than defining a place or time, the ambiguous "border land" settings evoke dislocation, crossings and transitions. The characters populating these in-between spaces -- such as cricket players and anthropomorphized camels or monkeys -- represent states of being or stereotypical roles.

Influenced by pop culture, Western and South Asian aesthetic traditions and cinema, Khan's work is the product of a keen observer existing between cultures, appropriating, editing and collaging in an effort to illuminate identity in an increasingly complex international culture.



The Periodic Passage, 2009


Time and Space and Light Grew Still, 2009


Dear Ordinary Had Healed, 2009


A Conventional Figure of Others (Horseman), 2009


Reductive Histories of Saag Paneer, 2009


On The Verge, 2009


We Share Wealth, 2006


Training Saag, 2006


In Searches, 2006


In The Mist (A man erased by green mist), 2008


Lazy Sunbathers, 2005