Rasheed Araeen

Artissima: Back to the Future

Turin, Italy02 Nov – 05 Nov 2017
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  • Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. In 2017 the focus has been narrowed to the 1980s, and Rossi & Rossi will showcase British artist Rasheed Araeen in this section.

    The 1980s represent a key period of Araeen’s practice following the artist’s political awakening. After arriving in Britain in 1964, Araeen embarked on a series of pioneering works that drew on his training as an engineer and his interest in geometry. However, as an artist from a former British colony, his work was only interpreted through colonial lenses. Frustrated by this, Araeen then, in the decade between the late 1970s and late 1980s, focused his intellectual, artistic and curatorial efforts on what art critic Jean Fisher has defined as “de-imperilising” the institutional mind.  The works presented in Back to the Future confront the politics of imperial Britian, embodied within the British art establishment from which Araeen remained excluded.

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      I Love it: It Loves I

      1978–83
      Twelve colour photographs with text, both in Urdu and English
      each 45.5 x 60.5 cm (18 x 24 in)

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      Fair and Lovely

      1983
      Nine colour photographic prints on canvas of clippings from a Karachi newspaper
      153 x 211.5 cm (60 ¼ x 83 ¼ in)

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      We Always Loved You Darling!

      1986
      Colour print of a collage
      96 x 73 cm (37 ¾ x 28 ¾ in)

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      Tableau Noir

      1987
      4 silkscreen on canvas panels and 5 offset/photographic prints, framed
      154.5 x 231 cm (61 x 91 in)

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      Forever Green

      1988
      4 colour photographs, 1 watercolour with Urdu text, and 4 plywood panels with Astroturf
      204 x 283.5 cm (80 ¼ x 111 ½ in)

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      Green Painting III

      1989–1994
      5 colour photographs with Urdu text and 4 plywood panels with acrylic
      168 x 219 cm (66 ¼ x 86 ¼ in)

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    • Rasheed Araeen
      Summer Blue

      1985 (2014)
      Acrylic on wood
      77 x 56 x 16 cm (30 ¼ x 22 x 6 ¼ in)

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