Asma Ahmed Shikoh


Pakistani-born artist Asma Ahmed Shikoh grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, in a society constrained by tradition that was later subjected to rapid changes because of the impact of globalization. The artist uses mixed media to combine popular icons, cityscapes and social issues. When American fast food had just arrived in Pakistan, McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken became icons in the imagery of her artwork, taxing the otherwise helpless ideals of nationalism in Pakistan. She now lives in New York City where her work includes Arabic metro maps, iPods, Dora the Explorer characters and yellow police tape. To highlight the role of individual practices in the shaping of a unique national identity, her solo show “Liberated” at Ceres Gallery in Chelsea included personal contributions of more than 100 Muslim women across America who contributed by mailing one of their hijabs (the head scarf adorned by Muslim women). Shikoh attended Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi and has shown at Queens Museum of Art in Queens and Exit Art in New York City.