Rasheed Araeen’s “A Retrospective” at MAMCO Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

30th May 2018

Until 9 September 2018

The political relationship that Rasheed Araeen has with so-called “minimal” forms, and his commitment to postcolonial theory, gave his practice an exemplary value in the “de-colonization” process of art history in the second half of the 20th century.

Araeen’s retrospective, spanning a 60 years’ career, leads the visitors through five chapters, from the works of the 1950s, through the sculptures of the 1960s and 1970s; then, following his increasingly affirmed political commitment in the 1980s, to the series of cruciform panels from the 1980s-1990s ; and his most recent pieces, brought together under the title Homecoming.

Araeen’s practice has constantly rethought the formal, ideological, and political affirmations of Eurocentric modernism. This questioning lies at the heart of his practice, both in artistic and intellectual terms.