Misha Japanwala, a Pakistani Artist, Reimagines Her Relationship With Shame and Bodies

With body castings of anonymized Pakistani women that resemble oxidized copper statues, Misha Japanwala hopes to create a time capsule of resisting gender violence for her new gallery show.

Misha Japanwala looked around her studio in the week leading up to her gallery show and wondered whether there were “too many nipples.”

She was talking, of course, about the nipples she plaster cast from the bodies of 70 anonymized Pakistani people. They are part of Ms. Japanwala’s new collection, “Beghairati Ki Nishaani: Traces of Shamelessness,” showing at Hannah Traore Gallery in Manhattan from May 4 through July 30.

Ms. Japanwala, a visual artist, who lives in Jersey City, N.J., spent several months

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