Rana Begum's Abstraction

Madani, Adnan. 2021. Rana Begum's Abstraction. In: Anita Dawood, ed. Rana Begum: Space, Light, Colour. London: Lund Humphries, pp. 163-167. ISBN 9781848225329 [Book Section]

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Is it possible to rethink abstract painting through the lens of the migrant experience? This exploration of Rana Begum's practice aims to think of how 'content' and signification attach themselves in unconventional ways to the oblique and asignifying surfaces of Begum's installations and paintings: in effect, the claim here is that something called abstraction is being 'abstracted' or removed from an originary moment or culture in Begum's work, and that of her contemporaries speaking of the global and migrant condition through universalized cultural forms.

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Islam, abstract art, globalisation, migration, Bangladesh, South Asia, Rana Begum

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Visual Cultures


January 2021Accepted
20 September 2021Published

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18 Apr 2024 15:18

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18 Apr 2024 17:35



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