Rana, Rashid b.1968 / Desperately Seeking Paradise II
about this work
Rasid Rana’s large sculptural work, Desperately SeekingParadise, presents an assortment of conceptual and visual perspectives, whichallow the work to tow the line between abstraction and representation. From oneside the piece seems to be a minimal abstract work, which mirrors only thespace around it from another we see embedded photographs of skyscrapers, andthe work resembles a glossy chunk taken from a high-rise building, whichreflects the virtual skyline around. The visual sequence comes to its heightwhen we realize that the images of high-rise buildings are created with thehelp of hundreds of tiny images of house from Lahore, artist’s hometown inPakistan. By containing both abstract and representational elements,Desperately Seeking Paradise comments on the boundaries of idealism as well asthe perceptual dissimilarities between illusion and reality.
(Text by Michael Hilsman from the essay "A Moment in Time: Fragmentation and Reformulation in the Work of Rashid Rana published by Chatterjee & Lal and Chemould Prescott Road)

Rashid Rana (b.1968, Pakistan)

Desperately Seeking Paradise II, 2011

UV print on aluminium and stainless steel
Edition: 1/3
386.4 x 386.4 x 332.1 cm.
152 1/8 x 152 1/8 x 130 3/4 in.
Lisson Gallery, London, UK Current Location:
Switzerland - Basel - S InstallationSouth Asia


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art
The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine
May 2012 - July 2012

Rashid Rana: Everything Is Happening At Once
New Art Exchange (by Lisson Gallery), Nottingham, UK
January 2012 - March 2012

Rashid Rana: Everything Is Happening At Once
Cornerhouse Gallery (by Lisson Gallery), Manchester, UK
October 2011 - December 2011

Rashid Rana, Solo Exhibition
Lisson Gallery, London, UK
March 2011 - April 2011


Rashid Rana: Everything is happaning at once
Cornerhouse, Lisson Gallery (Catalogue), 2012

India Art Fair
India Art Fair (Catalogue), 25 January, 2012

Asia Triennial Manchester 2011
(Online), 24 November, 2011
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Nicola McCartney, Preview: Rashid Rana &Asia Triennial 11
(Online), 26 September, 2011
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Iqbal, Nosheen, Why would I leave Lahore?
The Times (Newspaper), 9 April, 2011

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