Naeem Rana - Under the Influence New York Monday, March 31, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Exhibited

    New Delhi, Anant Art Gallery, Heavenly Pictures, February 2007

  • Literature

    N. Rana, Heavenly Pictures, New Delhi, 2007, n.p., (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Naeem Rana melds imagery from his native city of Lahore with Western iconography and traditional Urdu script, to create multi-dimensional montages of post-colonial Pakistan.  Rana, trained as a calligrapher, takes silhouettes of Bond girls, Coke bottles and world leaders, layering them with floral patterns from traditional Kashi work and motifs pulled from 15th century Islamic illuminated manuscripts.  Rana is concerned with capturing the fusion of cultures inherent in colonization, recreating the visual pastiche of his South Asian upbringing. 
    Challe Jina, when written in Urdu, translates to ‘of the size of a ring’ which is a line poached from a famous Punjabi song in which the small size of a ring is compared to the size of the songwriter’s lover’s waist.


Challe Jina

Digital print.
44 x 47 in. (111.8 x 119.4 cm).
Signed "Naeem Rana'06" front lower right; titled "Challe Jina" lower center; numbered of five lower left.  This work is from an edition of five.   

$1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for $3,125

Under the Influence

31 Mar 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York