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Rashid Rana
- Making Contradictions Coherent

By Niilofur Farrukh   

Rashid Ran photographed with his work

In the last two decades simultaneous critical acclaim and art market triumph has made Lahore artist Rashid Rana a new archetype of success in the region. The list of his institutional exhibitions spans much of the globe and the galleries’ keenness to dedicate solo booths to him at major art fairs, attest to a growing confidence and interest in his art.

Rana is very much an artist of his time who has taken risks and never seen limitations as a handicap. In the mid-1990s by looking at popular imagery and increasing the scale of his work, an inspiration that came from Karachi Pop rather than the overwhelmingly popular Neo Miniature around him, Rana set out to reach a greater audience. This steered his work in an independent direction better suited to conceptual exploration. While other artists were looking to galleries in the West for shows, he hitched his star to the Indian gallery circuit and chose a Mumbai gallery to represent him. A controversial decision but the outreach of the Indian galleries not only opened doors to the international art market but gave him the edge with the art market boom in the region. His critical engagement in the art dialogue with Indian curators and critics led to inclusion in their projects giving him a place in the larger discourse. Remaining in his hometown and not giving it up for a diasporic existence, has been pivotal as it is the energy of the Lahore streets that sustain his practice as the critical chronicler.

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