The Verbier 3-D Foundation proudly introduces artist Rana Begum as our 2024 Artist-in-Residence.

Born in Bangladesh in 1977 and currently based in London, her artistic journey exemplifies the transformative potential of simplicity, geometry, and the interplay of light, color, and space.

Rana Begum is celebrated for her remarkable ability to manipulate geometric shapes and structures, evoking deep emotions and contemplation. Her art transcends two-dimensional boundaries, immersing viewers in a world where simplicity and complexity seamlessly coexist. The outcome is a visual symphony that captures the essence of beauty, harmony, and the limitless possibilities of form.

Influenced by the geometric abstraction of minimalism and constructivism, as well as the art of luminaries like Agnes Martin, Donald Judd, Jesús Rafael de Soto, and Tess Jaray, Begum's work spans drawings, paintings, sculptures, and public art projects.

The Foundation is particularly intrigued by how Begum's art can prompt viewers to contemplate their connection with the natural environment. Her work possesses the potential to cultivate a heightened awareness of the spaces it occupies, shedding light on the often-overlooked facets of beauty, intricacy, and geometry in our surroundings. Her creations serve as a bridge between the human-made and the natural, demonstrating the potential for art to enhance our connection with the world we inhabit.

While residing within a dynamic community in the Swiss Alps, the artist will focus on undertaking creative work, conducting local research and engaging in an interdisciplinary dialogue around current climate concerns in relation to the theme of ENERGY. The aim of the residency is the development of a new project inspired by the materials, technologies and/or ecological knowledge sourced from the surrounding landscape of Verbier, Switzerland.

The research-led residency is developed with curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber.

Born in Bangladesh in 1977, Rana Begum lives and works in London. In 1999, Begum graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and, in 2002, gained an MFA in Painting from Slade School of Fine Art. 

Selected exhibitions include: Dappled Light, Mead Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery 2022, Concrete 2023, The Box, 2023, Desert X 2023.

Life is More Important than Art, Whitechapel Gallery, (2023), Urban Impressions, Moody Centre for the Arts, Houston (2022), Infinite Geometry, Wanas Konst, 2021, Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Gallery (2019), Space, Light & Colour, Djanogly Gallery (2018), Solo show, TATE St Ives (2018), Actions, Kettle’s Yard (2018), Women to Watch: Heavy Metal, NMWA Washington (2018), curated Occasional Geometries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017), Space Light Colour, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017), Tribute to Sol Lewitt, Gemeente Museum Den Haag (2016), Flatland/Narrative, MRAC Serignan (2016), The Space Between, Parasol Unit (2016), 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2016), Geometries of Difference, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York, USA (2015), Solo Project, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2014, 2020 & 2023). 

Begum has received the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture (2012) and Abraaj Group Art Prize (2017).

Begum was elected an RA in 2019.

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