Lot Details

Rashid Rana (Pakistani, B. 1963). "Re-ornamented I". 2004. Digital C Print on paper on board. Edition 8/10.
Unframed dimensions: 35.5 in x 29.5 in.
Framed dimensions:41.75 x 35.75 in.
This work is custom framed.
The frame has a small dent and minor flaking of paint on lower left side.
The photograph itself is in excellent condition.

Internationally famed Pakistani Contemporary artist Rashid Rana has been creating brilliant photographs that critique social and political issues for more than a decade, and is now widely considered one of the most important photographers not only in Pakistan, but world-wide. Rana’s works range in media, but it is his photographs such as the rare "Re-ornamented I", for which he is most critically acclaimed. He is world-famous for his photographs that use thousand if tiny images related to sexual, social, political issues and injustices in India and re appropriating them in the composition of larger images related in some manner to the content of the thumbnails but in a subversive manner.

In works such as "Re-Ornamented I" we are drawn into what appears from a distance to be a photograph of a serene, tranquil traditional Indian doorway, yet it is not until one gets close that the jarring reality of Rana's encoded and subversive themes and brilliant technique appear. Here, the artist has used his iconic method of manipulating thousands of thumbnail photographs to create a larger single image, often totally unrelated to the content and theme of the smaller images.

His body of work triggers contemplation about society’s views of beauty versus troubling reality, and how the two seemingly opposite subjects are in fact deeply intertwined. “In this age of uncertainty we have lost the privilege of having only one world view…Now, every image, idea and truth (may it be ancient of modern) encompasses its opposite within itself. Thus we live in a state of duality.” The artist is represented by the top galleries in the works and just exhibited an edition of this exact photograph at the Musée Guimet in Paris, the first Pakistani artist to ever exhibit there. His work is in the Saatchi permanent collection, as well as major museums and top private collections, world-wide.

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Provenance:
  • The Artist. 2008: Auction: Safrronart Pvt. Ltd.; September 2008 2008-present: Private Collection, India.
Exhibition:
An edition of this photograph is in the Musée Guimet in Paris, France
  • Pickup Location: India
  • Shipping Dimensions: 35.5 x 29.5 in. (90.17 x 74.93 cm.)

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