Rashid Rana is a contemporary Pakistani artist whose works incorporate painting, installation, photography, and collage. Much of Rana’s work has a political edge and often incorporate a dialogue with painting. Among his most renowned works are Veil I, Veil II, and Veil III (2004). Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1968, Rana trained as a painter at the National College of Arts in Lahore. He continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston, receiving his MFA there in 1994. He now serves as an associate professor at the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. Rana’s work has been displayed in various exhibitions around the world including his show “Perpetual Paradox” at the Musèe Guimet in Paris. His works are part of Saatchi Gallery in London, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan, and the National Gallery of Art in Islamabad, among others.
In this series, Rana employs photographs of pornographic acts to create the portrait of an anonymous woman cloaked in a burqa. This work points out the great divide between Eastern and Western cultures and the stereotypes that perpetuate those differences.