Recalling Op-Art and Minimalism, Rana Begum is known for body of work comprised of white folded steel sheets, which originate from studies in paper. The vivid colours that the artist applies on the back of the white folded works radiate onto the white wall, giving the impression that the work is floating in space. This series represents a calm and contemplative approach, yet Begum’s bold use of colour conveys the electric intensity of the city.

Begum’s post-minimal form vocabulary is not only influenced by Donald Judd and Agnes Martin, but also by colourful Islamic art and architecture. Effortlessly taking the vibrant collage of the urban environment and concentrating it through a process of refinement and filtration, Begum creates works, which are crystalline, simple, pure, and hard-edged. Her work is minimal in its formal language, imposing order and system by abstracting moments of accidental and visual wonder. The multi-perspective quality of Begum’s art invites the viewer to walk around, choosing where to pause in front of the work, instead of being a passive observer.

Her work has been exhibited at venues such as Bangkok University Gallery, Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke, Red Bull Music Academy in London, and Delfina Foundation in London.

Rana Begum. Photo: Ian Bartlett 2014
Rana Begum
Sylhet , 1977

Solo Shows

Rana Begum: Towards an Infinite Geometry, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

Rana Begum, Galeri Mana, Istanbul

Rana Begum: Manifold, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Rana Begum, Bischoff/Weiss, London

Group Shows

Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Double Take, Nature Morte, New Delhi, New Delhi
Summer Show, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, NY
Triplicity + A Group Exhibition, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Vienna Biennale 2015, Ideas for Change, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Drawing Biennial 2015, The Drawing Room, London
Working Spaces Around Memory And Perception, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Etheral, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, NY
The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Straddle the Line,The Art in Perpetuity Trust, London

Empty Lines, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris
Group Show, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Groupshow, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Sylhet Country of birth: Bangladesh Date of birth: 1977 Lives in: London
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