Artsy Insight: Pixelated Portraits

“If at first we see the fantasy, airbrushed and gleaming, we are also confronted with the dreamers of this fantasy,” once said. His works, depicting iconic Bollywood stars, only register as composites upon second glance. Like the portraits of and , Rana’s pixelated creations are composed through the collective assembly of individual units—in Rana’s case, through the montage of thousands of tiny photographs of local Pakistani men, suggesting the complicated relationship between individual and collective national identity.