The Last Post
Former International Artist-in-Residence Shahzia Sikander (2001) is in San Antonio this weekend, and stopped by Artpace today with Chinese-American composer and performer Du Yun—a frequent collaborator who composed the score for Sikander’s exhibition, The Last Post, which opens today at the Linda Pace Foundation.
The Last Post (2010) is an animated video installation inspired by Sikander’s ongoing interest in the colonial history of the Indian Subcontinent as well as the British opium trade with China. She animates the protagonist, an East India Company man who appears in various guises, as dissolving, exploding, and reconstituting himself throughout the work. Through the assorted metamorphoses of the main character, The Last Post can be seen as a metaphor for societies and cultures in constant, never-ending transformation.
The Last Post is organized and presented by the Linda Pace Foundation, and is on view through June 1, 2013, by appointment only.
Image credit: (Left to right) Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott, artist Shahzia Sikander, Ballroom Marfa co-founder and Executive Director (as well as Guest Curator and Interim Program Director of the Linda Pace Foundation) Fairfax Dorn, composer Du Yun, and Artpace Studio Director Riley Robinson in the Artpace courtyard. Photo by Wendi Kimura