Talk with artist and writer Rasheed Araeen.
In a career that spans his early training as an engineer, Rasheed Araeen is perhaps best known as a pioneer of minimalist sculpture in 1960s Britain and through his work in performance, photography, painting, and sculpture throughout the 1970s to 1990s.
For the talk, Araeen discusses his work to give voice to black and Afro-Asian artists within the context of Euro-American Modernism; his role as the founder and editor of academic art journals Black Phoenix, Third Text, and Third Text Asia; and his developing international large-scale projects.
A conversation with David Clarke, professor in the Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong, and a Q&A session to follow.
Rasheed Araeen (b. 1935) is a London-based artist, activist, writer, editor, and curator. Trained initially as a civil engineer in Karachi, Pakistan, Araeen moved to London in 1964, where apart from his artistic practice, he took on activist roles with organisations such as the Black Panthers and Artists for Democracy, and founded the critical journals, Black Phoenix, Third Text, and Third Text Asia. In 1989 Araeen organised The Other Story: Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain, a seminal exhibition held at South Bank Centre, London. His work has been featured internationally including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; The Jewish Museum, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and biennales in Gwangju, Johannesburg, Shanghai, and Sydney, among others.
Rasheed Araeen is an Asia Art Archive Advisory Board member. His personal papers and related documentation on The Other Story: Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain is digitised in AAA's Collection.