Journey of an Idea by Rasheed Araeen

  • Year2019
  • LanguageRussian
  • Edition500
  • Pages216
  • BindingPaperback
  • Price680 RUB
Garage publishing program in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press

A selection of essays by the British-Pakistani artist, curator, and essayist Rasheed Araeen, dedicated to the fight for a place in history and society as seen from the perspective of a “third world” individual.

Rasheed Araeen’s struggle over many years for justice—using both artistic mediums in the form of universal geometric abstractions, and political ones, via essays, performances, and exhibition projects exposing racism—earned him the exceptional position of an unquestioned authority in the world of art. Araeen’s articles revealing his political affiliations are reflections on Western art’s interconnection with colonial egoism, as well as descriptions of the new art’s utopian projects available to all viewers, regardless of their skin color and place of birth. Araeen’s essays set an example of a completely idiosyncratic reading and experience of “borderline thinking”, where the artist’s creative bio, the most common questions of identity politics, and the search of aesthetic strategies transgressing the borders, both political and cultural, intertwine.

The publication of the book accompanies the exhibition Rasheed Araeen. A Retrospective at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.


Rasheed Araeen (b. 1935, Karachi, Pakistan) is a sculptor, painter, installation and video artist, political activist, and publisher. He studied to be an engineer in Pakistan, but in the 1960s moved to London, where he became one of the key minimalist artists of his generation. Having experienced racism in the British art world, in the mid-1970s he produced a series of political videos and performances and founded and became the editor of the journal Black Phoenix. In 1987, he founded the journal Third Text, devoted to the art of “third world” practitioners, postcolonial issues, multiculturalism, and identity politics. In 1989, Araeen curated The Other Story, an exhibition of European-based artists who came from former British colonies. The mid- 2010s saw a new wave of interest in his art: in 2017 he took part in the Venice Biennale and Documenta 14 (Athens/Kassel) and had his first major retrospective exhibition, which spanned his career from Karachi-era drawings to recent paintings and sculpture, at Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands). He lives and works in London.