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Rashid Rana EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Veil Series I, II & III

Veil Series I, II & III

Veil Series I, II & III

Veil Series I, II & III

Rashid Rana
Veil Series I, II & III

2004

3 C prints + DIASEC

51 x 51 cm each
Rashid Rana critiques culturally constructed, negative stereotypes of women through his work, whether in relation to the sexual objectification of women through the pornography industry or in relation to how the burqa is worn and perceived as a political symbol in a post 9-11 era. In Veil I, Veil II & III, Rana depicts an anonymous figure dressed in a burqa. Upon further inspection, the work is actually a fragmented collage made-up of thousands of small, unfocused pornographic stills of women. By using both these representations of gender in a rigid manner, Rana is effectively destroying them both, forcing the viewer to look beyond them and critique the so-called machinery of truth from which they are born.
Veil I detail
Rashid Rana
Veil I detail

2004

C print + DIASEC

Veil II detail
Rashid Rana
Veil II detail

2004

C print + DIASEC

Veil III detail
Rashid Rana
Veil III detail

2004

C print + DIASEC

The World Is Not Enough (detail)
Rashid Rana
The World Is Not Enough (detail)

2006

C Print + DIASEC

221 x 296 cm
In The World is Not Enough Rashid Rana creates an impossible image of immense beauty from his personal accumulation of photographs of social waste, taken mostly from a landfill site outside Lahore, the cosmopolitan city of Pakistan where he lives, as well as from the city itself. Reduced to miniature pixels of information, the details that form the much larger image, of what appears to be the undulating sea, are in fact hundreds of images of trash digitally ‘stitched’ into a non-existent aerial view that bear an uncanny resemblance to the large canvases of non-representational art from the post-war era. A sense of the scale and singularity of man’s ambition is indicated, not through great feats of industry or the miracle of science, but through one of the residual by-products of our age. Here, as elsewhere in the artist’s work, the juxtaposition of beauty and the macabre forces the viewer into an acknowledgement of the politics of the piece. A work that appears on one level to represent a notion of ideal beauty is in fact based on a more troubling examination of the increasing detritus and decay of the city.

Rashid Rana's BIOGRAPHY

Rashid Rana
Born in 1968, Lahore, Pakistan
Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Lisson Gallery, London

2010
Meeting Point, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York
Perpetual Paradox, Musée Guimet, Paris

2007
Dis-Location, Chatterjee & Lal in collaboration with Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Art Public – Cabinet P.H., Geneva, Switzerland
The Politics of Fear, Albion, London
Reflected Looking, Nature Morte, New Delhi
Inaugural Show, National Art Gallery, Islamabad

2006
Reflected Looking, Nature Morte, New Delhi

2005
Identical Views, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai in collaboration with Nature Morte, New Delhi

2004
Identical Views, V.M. Gallery, Karachi
Identical Views, Nature Morte, New Delhi

2000
Non-Sense, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad
Non-Sense, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, NCA, Lahore


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
High-Light, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

2010
The Interrupted Image, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York
Have I Opposed To You ? New Art from India and Pakistan, Faye Fleming & Partner, Geneva
Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California

2009
Living of the Grid, Anant Art Centre, New Delhi
Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York
The Power of Ornament, Belvedere Museum, Vienna
Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
Mashq: Repetition, Meditation, Mediation, Green Caramom, London

2008
Everywhere Is War (And Rumors of War), Bodhi Art, Mumbai
Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Crossroads, Elementa Art Gallery, Dubai

2007
Shanghai Contemporary, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai
Inaugural Show, National Art Gallery, Islamabad
Group Show: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
The Politics of Fear, Albion, London
Mirror Worlds, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand

2006
EX-OTICA, Gallery Vitamin, Turin, Italy
Grid <> Matrix, Kemper Art Museum, St Louis, USA
Lille 3000: Desi Pop, Lille, France
Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia House, London
Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Flights of Fancy, Royaat Gallery, Lahore
Mirror Worlds: (traveling exhibition), Institute of the Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

2005
Bitmap: International Digital Photo Project, Loop, Korea
New Media Art from Pakistan, Artist Village, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Three Person Show, Bose Pacia, New York
Mirror Worlds: Contemporary Video from Asia’, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney
Beyond Borders: Art from Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

2004
South Asian Master: Old Masters and Young Voices, Alahamra Art Gallery, Lahore
Playing with a Loaded Gun, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Along the X Axis: Video Art from India and Pakistan, Apeejay Gallery, New Delhi
Global Priority, traveling exhibition, 2004- San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco

2003
Pier II Gallery in Taiwan 2002, Jamaica Center for the Arts, NY
Playing with a Loaded Gun’, Apexart, New York
Miniatures Pakistani’s’, Maison d’Art Contemporarian Chaillioux, Paris

2002
Around Miniature, Royaat, Lahore
Around Miniature, Canvas Gallery, Karachi
Painting Over the Lines: Five Contemporary Artists from Pakistan, York
Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Painting Over the Lines: Five Contemporary Artists from Pakistan’ Indo Center for Art and Culture, New York

2001
Crossing the Line, (Site Specific project at Jackson heights NY), A Project of Queens Museum of Art, New York

2000
Context, Bare-Foot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Another Vision: 50 years of Pakistani Art , (Traveling Exhibition), Brunei Gallery, SOAS London, Oldham Art Gallery, Haddonfield Art Gallery, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK