The Bedroom, 2018
Site-specific installation, new commission
Asad Raza (b. 1974, Buffalo, USA) lives and works in New York City. Raza brings experiences, human and non-human beings, and objects into relation in his multifarious artistic practice.
For LB01, Raza created a new inhabited work in the Summer Palace, in dialogue with its syncretic architectural and cultural legacy. Transforming a portion of this place of royal respite into a chamber inspired by activities common to the present and the Mughal epochs, the work will produce inter-subjective encounters. Echoes of the leisurely forms of playing and thinking that once occupied these quarters are amplified and rewritten according to the present. Raza conceives of exhibitions as metabolic entities in which an active scenario must be constructed; the work is located in an interchange between visitor and installation. This interchange may be governed by chance elements as well as the visitor’s own reactions to the scenario, leading to one of several possible “throws” or eventualities.
Raza’s recent projects include Untitled (plot for dialogue) at CONVERSO, Milan; Root sequence. Mother tongue at the Rockbund Museum, Shanghai and the Whitney Biennial; Mondialité at the Villa Empain, Brussels; and home show at his apartment in New York.
Text and image credit: Lahore Biennale Foundation