Lisson Gallery

Rashid Rana

Widely considered to be the leading Pakistani artist of his generation, Rashid Rana first came to prominence in South Asia before gaining wider, international exposure after the millennium. In his photography, sculpture and digital printmaking, Rana transposes imagery from one time and place to another, through manipulation, repetition and rearrangement. His early photomontages – originally made by painstakingly reconfiguring tiny squares of imagery into micro-mosaics by hand, latterly by using computer software – superimposed hardcore pornography onto the silhouette of the burqa (Veil, 2004) and turned hundreds of graphic slaughterhouse snapshots into facsimiles of Persian rugs (Red Carpet, 2007). Rana’s telescoping of politics, civilizations and time also appears in three-dimensions, in works from the series Desperately Seeking Paradise (2007-2011), which splice Lahore’s humble streets and houses with the architectural promise of skyscrapers and the slick lines of Minimalism. Rana's wall-sized Crowds are similarly tumultuous composites formed of innumerable multitudes of human protest and unrest, and his Languages series (2011-2012) crosses the cultural rubicon between historical and contemporary art, obliterating iconic works by Jacques Louis David and Gerhard Richter with data streams made up of horizontal strips of miniature interlocking bytes of visual information. 

Rashid Rana was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1968 where he lives and works. He trained as a painter at the National College of Arts in Lahore and at the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, USA. He is the founding faculty member and head of the Fine Art department at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan. Solo exhibitions include the Pakistan pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); 'Labyrinth of Reflections' at Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan (2013); Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (2011) and Musée Guimet, Paris, France (2010). Rana has participated in group exhibitions at Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (2018); FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA (2017); Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2016); Kiev Biennial, Ukraine (2012); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2010); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2010); Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2010); and the Asia Society, New York, NY, USA (2009). 

Recollection

Rashid Rana
Recollection, 2017
C-Print + Diasec 224 x 272 cm / 88 1/4 x 107 1/8 in

Asl-e-Shuhuud-o-shaahid-mashhhuud (The viewing, the viewer and the viewed in unison)

Rashid Rana
Asl-e-Shuhuud-o-shaahid-mashhhuud (The viewing, the viewer and the viewed in unison) , 2015
Single channel projection Installation view Venice Biennale, 2015

I do not always feel immaterial

Rashid Rana
I do not always feel immaterial, 2015
Single channel projection Installation view Venice Biennale, 2015

My East is Your West

Rashid Rana
My East is Your West, 2015
Installation view Venice Biennale, 2015

War Within II

Rashid Rana
War Within II, 2013
C print + DIASEC 240 x 600 cm / 94 1/2 x 236 in.

Notions of Narration II

Rashid Rana
Notions of Narration II, 2013
C print + DIASEC 228 x 323 cm / 90 x 127 in.

A Room for TATE Modern

Rashid Rana
A Room for TATE Modern, 2013-2014
Inkjet print on wallpaper, MDF, wood 750 x 920 x 520 cm / 295 x 363 x 205 in.

A Room for TATE Modern

Rashid Rana
A Room for TATE Modern, 2013-2014
Inkjet print on wallpaper, MDF, wood 750 x 920 x 520 cm / 295 x 363 x 205 in.

Anatomy Lessons III

Rashid Rana
Anatomy Lessons III, 2011-2012
Nine channel video on single video wall 274.5 cm x 365.8 cm / 108 x 144 in. Installation view Venice Biennale, 2015

Language Series 8

Rashid Rana
Language Series 8, 2011-12
C print + DIASEC 273.8 x 428 cm / 108 x 168 1/2 in.

Desperately Seeking Paradise II

Rashid Rana
Desperately Seeking Paradise II, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium and stainless steel 386.4 x 386.4 x 332.1 cm / 152 x 152 x 131 in.

Desperately Seeking Paradise II

Rashid Rana
Desperately Seeking Paradise II, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium and stainless steel 386.4 x 386.4 x 332.1 cm / 152 x 152 x 131 in.

Desperately Seeking Paradise II

Rashid Rana
Desperately Seeking Paradise II, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium and stainless steel 386.4 x 386.4 x 332.1 cm / 152 x 152 x 131 in.

A Courier Package

Rashid Rana
A Courier Package, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 48 x 48 x 48 cm / 19 x 19 x 19 in.

Books-2

Rashid Rana
Books-2, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 62 x 62 x 62 cm / 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.

Books-2

Rashid Rana
Books-2, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 62 x 62 x 62 cm / 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in.

A Plinth from a gallery in Lahore

Rashid Rana
A Plinth from a gallery in Lahore, 2010-11
UV inkjet print on aluminium 36 x 36 x 100 cm / 14 x 14 x 39 in.

Newspapers

Rashid Rana
Newspapers, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 38 x 31.5 x 15 cm each / 15 x 12 1/2 x 6 in.

Refrigerator

Rashid Rana
Refrigerator, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 50 x 50 x 50 cm / 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.

Refrigerator

Rashid Rana
Refrigerator, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 50 x 50 x 50 cm / 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.

Untitled (HOC)

Rashid Rana
Untitled (HOC) , 2010-11
UV print on aluminium and stainless steel 122 x 122 x 122 cm / 48 x 48 x 48 in.

The STEP

Rashid Rana
The STEP, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 16 x 45.5 x 23 cm / 6 x 18 x 9 in.

The STEP

Rashid Rana
The STEP, 2010-11
UV print on aluminium 16 x 45.5 x 23 cm / 6 x 18 x 9 in.

Language Series 1

Rashid Rana
Language Series 1, 2010-11
LightJet print + DIASEC 360 x 270 cm / 142 x 106 in.

Language Series 2

Rashid Rana
Language Series 2, 2010-11
LightJet print + DIASEC 335.28 x 270.32 cm / 132 x 106 1/2 in.

Language Series 2

Rashid Rana
Language Series 2, 2010-11
LightJet print + DIASEC 335.28 x 270.32 cm / 132 x 106 1/2 in.

What Lies Between Flesh and Blood III

Rashid Rana
What Lies Between Flesh and Blood III, 2009
C print + DIASEC 243.84 x 243.84 cm / 96 x 96 in.

Dis-Location 1 (Safanwala Chowk)

Rashid Rana
Dis-Location 1 (Safanwala Chowk), 2007
C print + DIASEC 241.3 x 317.5 cm / 95 x 125 in.

Exhibitions

  1. Rashid Rana

    Rashid Rana

    24 January – 14 March 2014

  2. Rashid Rana

    Rashid Rana

    30 March – 30 April 2011

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