Rashid Rana - BRIC London Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Mumbai

  • Exhibited

    Rashid Rana: Identical Views: New Delhi, Nature Morte, 10 – 31 July 2004; Mumbai, Chatterjee & Lal, 13 – 26 February 2005 (another example exhibited); New York, Bose Pacia, Subodh Gupta, Rashid Rana & L.N. Tallur, 19 July – 20 August 2005 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Rashid Rana: Identical views, exh. cat., Nature Morte, Chatterjee & Lal and Bose Pacia, New Delhi, Mumbai and New York, 2004, p. 25 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In Veil-I, Veil-II, Veil-III, Rana depicts in his characteristic pixellated format three women masked in veils, traditional Muslim headwear. Feminism and the growing conflict between modern society and Islamic traditions are recurring themes in Rana’s work, the present lot being a particularly resonant example.
    "The justification for the veil traditionally has been the protection of women from the lustful gazes of men but what is controlled is the sight of women not the vision of men. The veiled woman is one of the most common tropes of art from the Islamic world. Rana’s work adds a new and discordant note to this chorus. His close-ups of the heavily shrouded, dehumanized faceless faces are, amazingly composed of hard-core pornography downloaded from the internet. In the encounter, the images are both shocking and beautiful. And when one recognizes the pixels, one thinks of the unlikely juxtaposition first as opposites, and then, numbingly as the same. The thousands of naked women are as depersonalized as the woman behind the veil.”
    (Kavita Singh, Rashid Rana; Identical Views, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2005, p.24)


Three works: i) Veil-I, 2004 ii) Veil-II, 2004 iii) Veil-III

Three colour coupler prints.
Each: 51 x 51 cm (20 x 20 in).
i) Signed, titled, dated 'Veil - I Rashid Rana 2004' and numbered of 20 on the reverse; ii) signed, titled, dated 'Veil - II Rashid Rana 2004' and numbered of 20 on the reverse; iii) signed, titled, dated 'Veil - III Rashid Rana 2004' and numbered of 20 on the reverse. These works are from an edition of 20.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £49,250


14 - 15 April 2011