LHQ Gallery, Cork County Library
Carrigrohane Road, Cork City
Opening 6pm Thursday 19th May 2022
Exhibition continues until 17th June
Artist Talk and Exhibition tour: Thursday 26th May 2pm – 3pm in LHQ.
No Serhadain is a new solo exhibition by Kinsale based artist Hina Khan in LHQ Gallery, County Library. The opening will take place at 6pm on Thursday 19th May 2022, all are welcome. The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Donal Moloney, artist and lecturer in MTU Crawford College of Art and Design.
Serhadain, the Urdu word for boundaries or borders, is a term and concept that drives Hina Khan’s art practice. Hina questions the boundaries of artform, in her case the art of miniature painting - in which she has a Master’s Degree - and the political, social and cultural constructions of boundaries. In this solo exhibition, Hina presents several immense artworks. In his text commissioned to accompany No Serhadain, Eamonn Maxwell writes:
“By creating these wonderful fictional landscapes, Hina wants us to see a world beyond the historical and political delineations made by generations of male leaders. She is inviting us to construct our own domains.”
The postcolonial theorist and professor Homi K. Bhabha wrote that “the globe shrinks for those who own it; for the displaced or dispossessed, the migrant or the refugee, no distance is more awesome than the few feet across borders or frontiers.” This dual perspective and extremes of power and powerlessness can be seen in Hina’s research interests in her art practice. Using a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques, Hina’s work portrays social issues, immigration and humanitarian crises. Abstracted forms of different scales are layered to form other worlds. The work unfolds and envelops the viewer, creating a space of equality and possibility. These works present landscape as something that can be subjective, ephemeral and organic, rather than borders and boundaries arbitrarily decided by those with power.
Congratulating the artist on her powerful artworks, the Mayor of County Cork Cllr. Gillian Coughlan has said: “Hina Khan’s work is at once delicate and strong, intimate and vast. It speaks to both the contemporary political context and also to specific histories n both Pakistan and Ireland. I am looking forward to seeing her exhibition in our gallery in County Library and congratulate Hina on her timely and beautiful exhibition.”
Hina Khan completed her MFA from FJWU (Fatima Jinnah Women University), Pakistan in 2003, with Miniature Painting as her Major. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Pakistan from 2003 to 2011. Since moving to Ireland in 2015, Hina has participated in several group exhibitions in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Portlaoise and Mayo. She has had solo exhibitions in Ballina Arts Centre in 2018 and Laois Arthouse Stradbally in 2019. Hina was the first recipient of the Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios one-month Artist Residency Award in June 2018. In 2019 she was also the first artist to receive the Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre / Cork County Council Artist in Residence Award. Hina was the recipient of a Research and Development award from Create Ireland, in collaboration with Tomasz Madajczak, under the mentorship of visual artist Jesse Jones. She has also recently collaborated with filmmaker David Bickley.
The exhibition runs until Friday 17th June. Hina will give a talk and tour of her work on Thursday 26th June from 2 pm – 3 pm in LHQ. No booking is required.