Did you know?: Pakistani visual artist receives Prince Claus Award

Naiza’s work represents a deep analysis of the crucial paradoxes of Pakistani society.


September 08, 2013
Naiza’s work represents a deep analysis of the crucial paradoxes of Pakistani society. PHOTO: FILE

The prestigious Prince Claus fund has been supporting the freedom of cultural expression in developing countries for 17 years. Each year, the fund selects 11 dedicated and outstanding artists, and even organisations, whose work has had a significant impact on the development of arts and culture in their respective countries. This year, amongst the 11 names is Pakistani visual artist Naiza Khan from Bhawalpur, according to a press release.

Naiza’s work represents a deep analysis of the crucial paradoxes of Pakistani society, notably the social position of women in the country.  She co-founded the Vasl Artists’ Collective, which is a vital hub for contemporary art in Pakistan.



Definitely lending another proud moment to the country, Naiza is the third Pakistani to have received the prestigious award, after architect Arif Hasan and theatre personality Madeeha Gohar. The award was announced on Thursday, September 6 in Amsterdam. However, each laureate will receive the award from the Dutch ambassadors in their country of origin.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2013.

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Naushad Shafkat | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

That we have people like Naiza (not Nazia) makes us proud; despite having people like AlChemist who see nothing but bad everywhere.

AlChemist | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Nazia, I hope many more will be inspired by you. I would rather spend my time in congratulating her for her contributions rather than reading the farewell of one of the most corrupt guys in Pakistan's history. Not to mention, the system made him President.

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