Rashid Rana, ‘Ommatidia II (Salman Khan)’, Christie's South Asian + Chinese

Rashid Rana's artwork is a dynamic discourse that creates an open dialogue between aesthetics, imagery, technique, medium, and socio-political ideals that transcends geo-physical boundaries. The term 'ommatidia' refers to each of the optical units that make up the compound eye of an insect. Rana astutely borrows the term for this series which comprise of reproductions of popular poster images of iconic Bollywood figures Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, where each 'pixel' used to comprise the image, is made up of photographs of local men and boys from Lahore. This juxtaposition of heroic icon and the everyday unsung man on the street addresses the idea of a collective social cognizance and how it surpasses temporal confines.

London, Saatchi Gallery, The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, January - May, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, exhibition catalogue, Saatchi Gallery, 2009, p. 27 (illustrated)

Rashid Rana, exhibition catalogue, Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, 2010, p. 57 (another from the edition illustrated)

Rashid Rana: Identical Views / Rashid Rana, exhibition catalogue, Nature Morte, Chatterjee & Lal, & Bose Pacia, New Delhi, 2004, p. 27 (another from the edition illustrated)

Wedel Fine Art, London

About Rashid Rana

In his sculptures, installations, and photographs, Lahore-based artist Rashid Rana explores the impact of globalization and media on South Asian life and identity. Rana's large-scale photographs, which he describes as "unpacked abstraction," appear as non-representative, geometric compositions from afar but up close, they are revealed to comprise thousands of content-specific images. Similarly playing with the relationship between part and whole, semblance and reality, the artist's "Books" sculptures use pixelated prints on aluminum blocks to generate what looks like stacks of books.

Pakistani, b. 1968, Lahore, Pakistan, based in Lahore, Pakistan