Inserito da iopensa il Ven, 2006-11-03 17:14

Il progetto aggiornato RASHEED ARAEEN: A RETROSPECTIVE è sul sito di iStrike.


Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective intends to investigate the visionary backstage elaboration that leads and has led to the theoretical, critical and artistic production of Rasheed Araeen.

Rasheed Araeen (1935) is a London-based distinguished artist and cultural theorist. Trained as an engineer, he has been working as a visual artist since his arrival in London from Pakistan in late 1960s. His artistic activity has been complemented since 1987 by the groundbreaking publication of “Third Text. Third World Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture”.
He has been among the first cultural practitioners to voice since the early 70s the need of artists of African, Latin American and Asian origins to be represented in British cultural institutions. His visionary and idealistic approach allowed him to shape his ideas through a number of different media. He, in fact, curated exhibitions; initiated and published a number of journals (among which, besides the afore mentioned “Third Text”, there is the 1978 “Black Phoenix”); produced art installations and community-based artistic projects.

Despite Rasheed Araeen’s influence and cultural relevance in the transcultural artistic debate both in England and internationally, no proper homage has been paid yet to such a prominent artist and cultural theorist. Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective aims to fill this gap by tracing the crucial moments of Araeen’s 40-year-long career and opening up to the public the richness of his archive and of his visionary imagination.

Araeen’s production develops, in fact, out of a long process of research and exploration trough drawings, writings, sketches and maps. A conference, an exhibition, a publication and a documentary film will bring to light the articulation, complexity and beauty of his creative process.

Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective allows the audience to establish a close relation to the artworks due to the access to the artist’s intimate sphere of elaboration and creative conception. The project discloses, in fact, the ideal drive that substantiates Araeen’s interpretation of art, politics and intercultural relations.


Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective
is a project articulated in four parts


Rasheed Araeen publicly presents his work, comments on the exhibition and offers a hindsight of his last projects.

Art Exhibition

The exhibition gathers sketches, drawings and maps of a number of different projects from the late 1960s to present days. The material is part of the artist’s archive and so far unpublished.
The possible venues for the exhibition are: Spazio Lima in Milan (pending), Iwalewa-Haus/Gallery annexed to the Institut für Afrikastudien der Universität Bayreuth in Germany (pending), Doual’Art in Douala Cameroon (confirmed), Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg (no answer jet).


A book is produced, containing the works presented in the exhibition, critical essays and an interview with the artist.
According to the venues, the publication can be translated from English into German and Italian. The work of Rasheed Araeen is already translated into French (a publication will be available at the end of the year).


The documentary is a video exploration of the activity of Rasheed Araeen, presenting both a visual account of his work and a conversation with the artist exploring the relations between art practice and construction of history.


Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective
is project conceived and curated by Iolanda Pensa and Francesca Recchia
in collaboration with iStrike Foundation

IOLANDA PENSA Art critic and researcher (Geneva, 1975. Italian and Swiss, lives in Milano). Collaborates with the research agency and art group Multiplicity in Milano, with the association of international cultural cooperation and magazine “Africa e Mediterraneo” of Bologna (research on African youth media, co-curator of a dossier on cultural industry in Africa and curator of a dossier on the relationship between art and the territory in Africa), with the cultural organization Doual’Art of Douala-Cameroon (management of the European office of Doual’Art), with the department of African studies of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale in Paris (research group on the international biennials) and with different Italian and international magazines (“Domus”, “Gulliver”, “Africa e Mediterraneo”, “Africa”, “Flash Art”, “Tema Celeste”, “Universes-in-Universe” and “Artthrob”). Specialised in contemporary art and culture, she’s particularly interested in the art system, in visual complexity, in the relationship between art and intercultural learning and in new technologies and media. She did researches in Dakar-Senegal, Cairo-Egypt, Douala-Cameroon, Minsk-Belarus, Tehran-Iran, Novosibirsk-Siberia and Vladivostok-Far Eastern Russia. Graduated in Medieval Art History with a final research in Contemporary Art on the Dakar Biennial, she’s now a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale in Paris and in Urban, Territorial and Environmental Planning at the Politecnico of Architecture in Milano with a research on the impact of international grants on culture, in particular in Africa. She has attended and co-organised international seminars on cultural co-operation and specialised in Arabic language and culture at the Institute of Middle and Far East (ISIAO) in Milano and in Damascus, Syria.

FRANCESCA RECCHIA (1975, lives in Roma and London) is a researcher, who works in the field of Visual and Urban Studies with a particular attention to the geo-political dimension of cultural process. She deals with questions of ethics, collaboration and urban transformation. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies at the Oriental Institute in Naples and a MA in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was part of the Documenta11_Education Project in Documenta11, Kassel 2002, has lectured internationally and collaborates with the interdisciplinary research groups of Multiplicity and Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade. She also collaborates with the MA in Immigration Studies as well as with the course of Sociology of Migrations and Cultures at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Her publications include Make Love before Making Projects! (Forthcoming); Public Space and Social Responsibility. (Domus, March 2006); Thessaloniki. The Un-familiar City. A Work in Progress (with Lorenzo Romito in M-City. European Cityscapes, 2005).

iStrike FOUNDATION is an environmental organisation which aims at highlighting and surveying new dynamics of intercultural exchange and international cultural co-operation. To stress and overcome definitions of culture, identity, diversity and development, iStrike Foundation produces visual representations of territories, focuses on the environment and strengthens the idea of resources, avoiding activities based on problem solving. iStrike is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and operates at an international level. Founding Members: Lucia Babina, Iolanda Pensa, Francesca Recchia, Kamiel Verschuren. –

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