Naiza Khan
Orthopaedic Corset
Etching on Rives paper
23 x 15 cm (9 x 6 in)

For over a decade Naiza Khan has focused on a thematic meditation on the female body to explore the emotional content of the body through attire. Lingerie, chastity belts, straight jackets and other objects play the stage. The clothes locate the body more explicitly and what it confronts between personal and political spaces. They also create multiple identities or personae. The armour pieces began with drawings of lingerie and specifically a ‘bullet proof vest’ that called to be made in metal rather than drawn. Over the last two years, objects have developed such as the ‘armour-skirt’ that is at the same time flirtatious and oppressive. These objects find a place between war and love, and are ambiguous in their position of aggression and seduction.