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This revivalist movement had its origins in the miniature department at the National College of Arts in Lahore where the early proponents include artists like Shahzia Sikander, leaving a legacy of new stalwarts like Imran Qureshi, Aisha Khalid, Nusra Latif Qureshi , Saira Wasim among others. In this new foray in reinventing the historical tradition of Mughal and Pahari miniatures, the paintings are done, if not entirely restricted, in similar miniature forms but extended to reflect contemporary politics and socio-economic realities. These neo-miniaturists follow a similar regime of rigour and deftness, along with a visual borrowing from the traditional miniature while at the same time experimenting with the form and content with new media and installation along similar aesthetic lines.


Further Reading

Art and Polemic in Pakistan: Cultural Politics and Tradition in Contemporary Miniature Painting by Virginia Whiles

Aisha Khalid, Pattern to Follow, 2009, gouache and gold leaf on wasli paper, Corvi-Mora, London.