• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 569

    RASHID RANA (B. 1968)

    Red Carpet - 2

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    RASHID RANA (B. 1968)
    Red Carpet - 2
    chromogenic print and Diasec mounted
    72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm.)
    Executed in 2007; number three from an edition of five


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    Conceptual duality along with the 'double take' it engenders is a key feature of Rashid Rana's digitized vocabulary. Playing with notions of 'gestalt' Rana's images reveal multiple world views both formally and conceptually, in turn serving as a comment on contemporary geopolitics.

    The Red Carpet series initiates a post-modern discourse via a stunning and calculated method of execution. It takes the archetypal and cultural symbolism of the woven carpet and inverts this historicism by appropriating gory, actual photo-images in absolute truth to reality. Comprising thousands of tiny images, 'pixels', depicting the slaughter of goats as prescribed by halal law, Red Carpet - 2 is paradoxically an object of gruesome beauty rooted to centuries tradition by imitating the pixillated architecture of an actual carpet. As the viewer moves closer to the highly polished surface the geometric pattern breaks down into its constituent parts. Rana's attention to such minutiae refers also to the historical traditions of miniature painting from South Asia.