Hina Khan’s work is the constant search for the best way to interpret ideas and express ideologies through symbolism. Having completed a BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) from F. G Degree College, she completed my MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) from FJWU (Fatima Jinnah Women University), Pakistan in 2003, with Miniature Painting as Major. Using a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques, Hina’s work portrays social issues, immigration and humanitarian crisis like prostitution, gender discrimination, restrictions, trauma, child abuse and killing.
Hina’s experience of living in a Direct Provision Centre has had a marked impact on her work. Hina finds that living in fix boundaries makes it difficult to explore creativity and experimentation and has spent time researching the impact of such circumstances with fellow residence. This residency provided Hina space to work with freedom, enhancing her capabilities as an artist and provided an opportunity to develop her collaborative arts practice further, while immersing herself in contemporary Irish art practice.
This award, offered to an artist from an ethnic minority background, is a new initiative by Create and Fire Station Artists' Studios, and funded by the Arts Coucuil Artist in the Community Scheme.