Zoom in for a conversation with Rana Begum, RA and UK representative to Women to Watch: Heavy Metal, 2017. :
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Born in Bangladesh, the London-based artist distills spatial and visual experience into ordered form. Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Begum blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Influenced by the work of such artists as Agnes Martin and Anna Albers, her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture. Light is fundamental to her process. She has participated in many global exhibitions including “Is this Tomorrow” at Whitechapel Gallery.
Begum was in conversation with freelance art writer Anna McNay. She contributes regularly to Art Quarterly, Studio International, Photomonitor, Elephant Magazine, Norwegian Arts and The Flux Review, and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art journals and newspapers. McNay has written numerous catalogue essays, and regularly hosts in conversations at London galleries.
This is the second in our conversations with some of the artists who have represented UK Friends of NMWA at the biannual Women to Watch exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Women to Watch is a collaboration between the museum and the national and international outreach committees. Women to Watch features emerging and underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has committees. Each exhibition focuses on a specific theme or medium, and each committee, in consultation with curators in their respective regions, creates a shortlists of artists. NMWA’s curatorial team then selects artists for inclusion in the exhibition.
This recording is free to view, but donations to support art by women in the UK greatly appreciated.