Rashid Rana
  Rashid Rana has worked, over the past decade and a half, in dramatically different modes – abstractions on canvas, collaborations with a billboard painter, photographic/video performances, collages using found material and giant canvases painted by assistants on his direction – each time finding a freshness of purpose, and a surprising inventiveness of visual language. Rana’s current body of works large-scale composite prints of seemingly banal imagery composed with thousands of smaller images that articulate a counter-narrative to the larger image.

Rana was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art prize 2006. His work was included in the Singapore Biennale and the Asia Pacific Triennial in Australia (2006) and exhibited at Manchester City Art Gallery as part of the city’s Rusholm Project. Recent exhibitions include ‘The Audience and the Eavesdropper’ at Phillips de Pury (2009), ‘Passage To India’ at the Frank Cohen collection (2008), ‘Re-Imagining Asia’ at the House of World Cultures in Berlin, as well as several group shows internationally and ‘Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan’ at Asia Society in New York (2009) and ‘The Empire Strikes Back: India Art Today’ at the Saatchi Gallery in London (2010). Rana has an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art, US, and lives and works in Lahore.



 

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