'Rashid Rana: Beauty Lies' at the Fiona and Sydney Myer Gallery, University of Melbourne, Australia
24 August 2022
Rashid Rana’s solo exhibition 'Beauty Lies', curated by Dr David Sequeira, director of Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery at the University of Melbourne, presents two significant recent works steeped in an exquisite layering of ideas that fuses contemporary global concerns with the specificities of western art history.
Rana’s work over the last two decades can be understood as a poetic investigation of the relationship between the microcosm and macrocosm. His work across video, site specific installation, digital collage, sculpture and most recently the architectural façade for the Pakistan Pavilion at the Dubai Expo reflects a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of the universal and the particular. Much of Rana’s extensive practice involves constructing numerous small components into mega compositions imbued with a potent and layered understanding of time, place, history and meaning. Rich in metaphor, this process has resonance with concepts of the collective, in which complexity is generated through the multiplicity of individual components.
The two works that comprise this exhibition, wallpaper print Off Shore Accounts #5 (2021-2022) and single-channel film Beauty Lies (2019), stimulate new understandings and interpretations of historical imagery whilst casting an historicised light on fundamental social issues. This is not to suggest that past and present form a tension in Rana’s work, but rather to point towards the subtle and provocative nature of their coexistence.
The exhibition continues until 3 September. Find further information here.
Rashid Rana, Beauty Lies, 2019, Single channel video, 16 minute loop © Rashid Rana