Saba Khan's Politically Relevant Art Attracts the Ford Foundation

Posted on July 13, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers is so pleased to have continuing relationships with some exceptional clients. This recent project was completed for the Ford Foundation and required us to stretch this oversized painting on canvas by prominent Pakistani artist Saba Kahn. We used interlocking stretchers for the art which is being delivered by Art Delivery Van.

Pakistani artist Saba Khan "The Check-Post"Saba Khan's "The Check-Post" in the studio ready for delivery

Saba Khan is an accomplished young artist from Pakistan. She was born in 1982 in Lahore and received her BFA from the National College of Arts before completing an MFA at Boston University on a Fulbright Scholarship. This work, “The Check-Post” is a significant contemporary commentary on current themes of religious and political intolerance and immigration issues. Khan has exhibited in various Middle Eastern and Asian countries including Pakistan, India, Dubai, Thailand and Korea. Her American credits include a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, exhibition at the Aicon Gallery in New York and inclusion in numerous art fairs. Khan is a multi-disciplinary artist working in drawing, painting, tapestry, sculpture and film. Her short film was screened at Monitor 4, SAVAC (the South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto, Canada and the Kara Film Festival in Karachi, Pakistan. She has affiliations with UNESCO as both the recipient of a fellowship and participation as a juror for that same fellowship. Khan is currently an assistant professor at the National College of Arts.

Canvas Stretching Saba Khan's "The Check-Post"The canvas stretching process showing the interlocking stretchers

Her credentials as a politically engaged, female artist from a predominantly Muslim country position her work as ideally suited to the Ford Foundation’s collection. The foundation’s mission is one of political, economic and social inclusion for all individuals. The Frames and Stretchers team is grateful that they have sought us out and continue to support us as in our location at The Clemente Building here on the Lower East Side in New York City. 

Canvas Stretching Saba Khan's "The Check-Post"Team member Juan working on the large piece

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