Rashid Rana, Dean Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design (MDSVAD) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) will be honoured with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz award.
“There is no better feeling than being recognized by your own people,” expressed Rashid Rana who is widely being considered to be one of the leading artists of his generation in South Asia.
He emerged as the maker of an entirely new kind of art from Pakistan at the start of this century.
Notable for his ideas, imagery, and pictorial strategies, Rashid Rana has exhibited extensively at various galleries and museums globally.
His works are in various public and private collections including the British Museum London, Metropolitan Museum New York, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan and Saatchi Collection, London.
He is the recipient of the prestigious Game-Changer Asia Art Award and was awarded International Artist of the Year by SAVAC Canada in 2003.
Primarily known for his art practice, Rashid Rana occupies multiple simultaneous profiles. He mediates between artist, curator and an academic with a common thread of an unfixed and non-prescriptive view of geography and identity.
He is a founding faculty member and currently the Dean of the Mariam DawoodSchool of Visual Arts and Design at BNU, Lahore.
In 2015, his work was included in a landmark exhibition titled The Treasures of the World from British Museum, which was held at the National Museum of Singapore and along with Rashid Rana’s work had 239 objects from the entire Human history.