About The Work
Rana Begum’s wall-based Jesmonite sculpture sits between her interest in painting and sculpture, order and chance. The symmetrical grid is balanced by a more organic surface treatment. The series calls to mind the colours of sunset light shining atop undulating waves, and also appear to be attempts at mapping a changing world. The array of reflective effects evokes a landscape that seems other worldly.
Rana Begum was born in 1977 in Bangladesh, moving to Hertfordshire, England, in 1983. Begum studied painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of London, graduating
in 1999 and received an MA in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2002. Begum’s work has been internationally exhibited, with recent solo shows at Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2018); Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017) touring to Djanogly Gallery, Notting- ham (2018); Parasol Unit, London (2016); Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2020, 2014); Delfina Foundation, London (2010). In 2017, Begum curated the Arts Council Collection in an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was awarded the Abraaj prize, Art Dubai. She has undertaken residencies in Italy, Philippines, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, England.
Begum’s work has also been included in landmark group exhibitions, most recently at Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2020); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington (2018); Frieze Sculpture Park, London (2018); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018 and 2012); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018 and 2016); Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2016); 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2016); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2015); Long Museum, Shanghai (2015).
Founded in 2010 by sisters Amrita and Priya with an eye towards representing artists, across generations and nationalities, whose work is informed by South Asia. In 2010, Amrita and Priya produced Sir Anish Kapoor’s firsspruth t-ever public exhibition in India, a landmark event in the country’s art world. Jhaveri Contemporary is dedicated to the creation of original scholarship, with carefully crafted shows. Entwined with this philosophy is another guiding principle: showcasing the heterogeneous practices of long-celebrated luminaries as well as emerging talents, often in generously interrogative conversations.