Zaiba Khan is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Heavily influenced by her Fijian-Indian Islamic upbringing, Zaiba’s practice examines narratives of migration and diasporic experience. Zaiba’s works in printmaking, and gold and silversmithing to translate oral histories of her ancestors into visual language, as an act of preservation and story-telling. Zaiba both questions and celebrates her own rich cultural heritage, her lived experiences as a minority becomes a bridge between East and West, and her a work a means of representation.
This preliminary branding exercise was to encompass both parts of Zaiba’s practice – her artworks and her commercial creations. We worked collaboratively as Zaiba shared with me stories about her ancestors, her motherlands and her explorations on home and identity. Eventually the striking image of her great, great, grandmother seated in the sugar-cane fields of Fiji became the image we used across her printed collateral. To honour the matriarch within Zaiba’s practice, we embellished her grandmother in silver as a reflection of both the Khan family’s incredibly rich history and Zaiba’s contemporary work, today.