Throughout his career, Rashid Rana has continually challenged stereotypical notions about Pakistani/South Asian art practice, pushing boundaries with his subversive approaches to dismantling the hegemony of the western gaze. This series, composed of his works Red Carpet, Dis-Location, Veil Series, I Love Miniatures, and A Day in the Life of Landscape are reflective of his consistent reworking of this gaze. Rana’s notable experimentation with the digital medium are manifested in this series - each work is made of smaller images that uphold a thematic contrast with the larger image they create.
In Red Carpet, Rana depicts a Persian Rug, a representation of homely comfort, with bloodied images of animal slaughter.
In Dis-Location, Rana recreates iconic and historic locations in Lahore with time-based images from contemporary Lahore, a burgeoning urban landscape.
In the Veil Series, Rana constructs images of an unnamed woman wearing the burqa with smaller images of women extracted from pornographic films.
In I Love Miniatures, Rana constructs a portrait of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan with images of billboards and advertisements from his own present-day reality in Pakistan.
In A Day in the Life of Landscape, Rana uses images of Lahore from his own time to recreate beloved Pakistani painter Khalid Iqbal’s iconic landscape painting Rural Canal.
Each work chosen for this series is a testament to Rana’s career-long commitment to destabilizing standard expectations and unsettling viewers with his disruptive visual strategies. <de>confine invites audiences to explore this series and ponder the questions evoked by Rana’s vision.
Rashid Rana, one of the leading artists in South Asia today, is known for his conceptual innovation and dramatic visual strategies. He is the recipient of the 2017 Asia Art Award by the Asia Society (New York). His works are housed in prestigious collections including the British Museum (London) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).
His work has been shown at international venues such as Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Lower Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; the Asia Society, New York, USA; Kemper Art Museum, St Louis, USA; National Fine Arts Museum, Taichung, Tiwan; House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany; Institute of the Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester UK and so on.
He is a founding faculty member and current Dean of the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
2004 | C print + DIASEC | 120 x 76.5 inches Click on the Images to enter Gallery View
Dis Location 1
Safanwala Cowk | 2007 | C print + DIASEC | 116 x 87 inches Click on the Images to enter Gallery View
I Love Miniatures
2002 | C print + DIASEC and gilded frame | 10 X 13.5 Inches without frame Click on the Images to enter Gallery View
Red Carpet 1
2007 | C print + DIASEC | 116 x 87 inches Click on the Images to enter Gallery View
Veil 1 | 2004 | C Print + DIASEC | 20 x 20 inches each Veil 2 | 2004 | C Print + DIASEC | 20 x 20 inches each Veil 3 | 2004 | C Print + DIASEC | 20 x 20 inches each Click on the Images to enter Gallery View