ISLAMABAD: Pakistani artist Shahzia Sikander has won the 2022 Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize for coming up with innovative ways to use digital technology in traditional miniature painting.
This was announced by the Japanese Embassy.
The award was established in 1990 by the International Foundation of the City of Fukuoka in Japan. It is awarded to individuals, groups or organizations for their magnificent work in preserving Asian culture. One of the reasons it was created is to not only promote Asian culture, but also to create opportunities for people to learn more about the cultures of Asian countries.
This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of the award. Over the past 31 years, the prize has been awarded to 118 leading figures in their respective fields.
In addition to Ms Sikander, this year’s award winners include Japanese drummer Taiko Hayashi Eitetsu, who won the Grand Prize and historian Prof Timon Screech from the UK who won the Academic Prize. In September of this year, the winners would be officially invited to Fukuoka, Japan to receive their respective awards.
Three other Pakistanis have received the award in the past. Maestro Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (late), Dr. Uxi Mufti, popular heritage preservation specialist and Yasmeen Lari, architect, architectural historian and heritage curator.
Born in Lahore, Ms. Sikander received her bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. She was awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz Medal (Medal of Excellence) from the Government of Pakistan in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of arts. She now lives in New York.
Posted in Dawn, June 3, 2022