Rasheed Araeen: Conscious Forms

by Royal West of England Academy | Bristol
Date of event: 25/05/24 - 11/08/24

As part of a triple bill of exhibitions honouring global majority artists, the RWA brings the pioneering work of Rasheed Araeen to Bristol for the first time.

An impressive array of Araeen’s bright, abstract sculptures will fill the RWA daylit galleries. Visitors are invited to sit on and reconfigure colourful cubes around a central ‘Reading Room’ installation. Alongside these works, informed by Araeen’s engineering training and immersion in Islamic geometry and architecture, will be figurative paintings and collages dating from the 1950s to today. Araeen’s take on ideas of British identity, belonging and migration, is fearless and original. Full of joy and at the same time provocative and challenging, this is work that demands to be seen, heard, and experienced.

Curated by University of Bristol art historians Dr Zehra Jumabhoy and Dr Elizabeth Robles (Director of the Centre for Black Humanities, UoB)

Supported by The Elephant Trust.