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Shahzia Sikander’s (b.1969) work combines traditional Indo-Persian imagery and techniques, especially those of miniature painting, with the language of contemporary art. Her multi-faceted practice offers captivating, visceral compositions that reflect on her own cultural background. Raised in Pakistan and currently working in the United States, Sikander’s drawings, paintings, videos, and large-scale wall installations came to prominence in the mid-1990s within the context of identity politics, and serve as an ironic comment on Western preconceptions of her cultural origins. She often explores Hindu and Muslim allegories, generating an alternative visual experience through layers of contrasting motifs. Pérez Art Museum Miami will present The Last Post (2010), a video animation with sound that addresses the complex relationship between East and West. Without a linear narrative style, the video focuses on the image of an 18th-century colonial merchant from the infamous East India Company, whose figure crashes into Indo-Persian imagery and the cadence of experimental music.