Rashid Rana characteristically challenges our perceptions of scale through the intermingling of both small and large imagery, exploring and revealing patterns and similarities. In It Lies Beyond, the imposing proportions invite viewers to immerse themselves in the intricate imagery and multifaceted symbolism of an ominously serene seascape; the experience is enhanced through Augmented Reality that overlays content on to real life environments – which on closer inspection reveals heaps of garbage which of course refer to the issues being raised at COP28.
The accompanying work, Desperately Seeking Paradise, raises questions about how we interpret various points of view, our understanding of scale, and explores the formal concerns of two and three dimensionality in form. At first it appears to be a minimalist stainless steel sculpture; with a shift in viewpoint it transforms into a panoramic skyline of an imaginary city. The images of high-rise buildings have been derived from hundreds of tiny photographs of houses in Lahore; the micro forms the macro in scale to become the conversation.
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