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Manoeuvering Miniatures was a highly coded and deeply provocative exhibition held in 2001. Alternatively satirical, political, witty, and subversive, this small but tightly curated exhibition simultaneously delighted and provoked.

This exhibition was the first of its kind, bringing contemporary Pakistani miniatures into India. Manoeuvering Miniatures was conceived as an important opportunity to begin bridging the gap between Pakistan and India, two countries in contention with one another that hold such a commonly rich past with several overlaps. The works and curatorial overtone dealt with questions of authenticity, tradition, and cultural stereotyping vis-à-vis the international gaze.

The participating artists were discovered during KHOJ Director Pooja Sood’s trip to Karachi, Pakistan where she attended the Open Studio and seminar of the Vasl International Artists’ Workshop. Virginia Whiles had been the guest curator for that exhibition.


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