Khadim Ali: An Artist’s Experience

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Khadim Ali. Video still © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Lectures & Symposia

Khadim Ali: An Artist’s Experience

Monday, November 25, 2013 @ 5:30 am

In this online video talk presented in conjunction with the Guggenheim UBS MAP exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, on view at Asia Society Hong Kong Center through February 16, 2014, exhibition artist Khadim Ali talks about his journey as an artist, describing the challenges of practicing in different countries, the inspiration he derives from his heritage, and the ancient techniques of miniature painting.

Ali’s work is inspired by the Shahnameh (Book of kings), an epic poem widely considered to be a literary masterpiece of Persian culture. Written by the venerated Iranian poet Abul Qāsim Firdausi in Ghazi, Afghanistan, between the late 10th and early 11th centuries, the Book of kings traces the historical and mythical past of Persia from creation until the 7th century.