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Rasheed Araeen

A Man of History

By STEPHANIE BAILEY

SHURBATI: FORTY YEARS ON, 1973–2013, wood and house paint, three pieces: 175 x 70 x 17 cm each. 

Courtesy the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation.

"When you write about me, talk about my art, not my politics," Rasheed Araeen instructs as he leads me to the door of his home in north west London. When I ask if this is possible, given how art and politics have acted as twin pillars in the octogenarian's life and work, the Pakistan-born Araeen laughs. It is a laugh…

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