Rashid Rana (Lahore)

Present Elsewhere

“Our experience of reality is a negotiation between the actual and the remote. The actual is close at hand – something one can experience directly with the body as the site of knowing. The remote is knowledge amassed indirectly, from diverse sources scattered across time and space… Echoing cosmological concepts of the multiverse, Rana examines whether the remote can exist autonomously. It is an attempt to subvert linear ideas of time and space progressions to offer fractured views of chronology and geography.”

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Rashid Rana’s FIELD MEETING Participation was supported by Lisson Gallery (NY and London).

Rashid Rana (Christopher Ho), Present Elsewhere, 2016. Lecture Performance documentation, FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 12th at Asia

Society. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.


Rashid Rana is one of Pakistan’s most celebrated contemporary artists. In his photography, sculpture and digital printmaking, he transposes imagery from one time and place to another, through manipulation, repetition and rearrangement. Rashid’s work often consists of images composed of smaller “pixels” made from other tiny images—sometimes violent, sometimes pornographic—creating a dynamic discourse and open dialogue between aesthetics, imagery, technique, medium, and socio-political ideals that transcends geo-physical boundaries. Recent solo exhibitions include a major mid-career retrospective of 70 works, Labyrinth of Reflections at Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi (2013), as well as surveys at Cornerhouse, Manchester (2011) and Musée Guimet, Paris (2010). Participation in major group exhibitions includes the Venice Biennale (2015); Kiev Biennial (2012); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Whitechapel Gallery and Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); the Asia Society, New York (2009), the fifth Asia Pacific Triennale, Queensland Gallery of Art, Brisbane (2006) and the Singapore Biennial (2006).

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