Saba Khan (Pakistan) produces multimedia works which traffic in the language of memorial, monument and public projects. From miniature dioramas of a bureaucrat’s boring office, and flashing LEDs of retro sci-fi machines seen at power stations, to indigo textile banners honouring peasant revolts, Saba balances grandeur, artifice and satire in order to explore cracks in the structures.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Saba Khan aims to tie together overlapping themes and bring forth the nuanced and subtle links between water, colonial expeditions and cultivation through the visual study of archives. The project will attempt to illustrate the British officer’s perspective and motives for dynamic changes in landscapes.

Saba Khan founded Murree Museum Artist Residency (2014–2020) and a satirical artist collective Pak Khawateen Painting Club (PKPC, 2019) triggered from the commission of Lahore Biennale 02. Shows/residencies include: Karachi Biennale (2018); New York Times (2018); “ONE” at COMO Lahore (2019); “Zinda-dil-a’an-e-Lahore–Billboard Project” (2020) – an initiative of Lahore Biennale Foundation; Paul Mellon Centre (2021); Onassis AiR (2022); Jameel Art Centre (2022); and Sharjah Biennial 15 (2023). Grants awarded include: Foundation for the Arts Initiative (2018); Sharjah Art Foundation (2020); Graham Foundation (2020); British Council (2020, 2021, 2022). Khan teaches at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Her work is in the collections of Sharjah Art Foundation (PKPC), Ford Foundation and has been published in the New York Times, Stir World and Asia Art Pacific.

Saba is based in Lahore, Pakistan.

With support from

Delfina Foundation’s Network of Middle East, North Africa & South Asia Patrons


Spring 2023 & Summer 2023




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