• View of “Rasheed Araeen: A Retrospective,” 2017–2018. Wall, from left: Sonay Ke Chirya (Golden Bird), 1986; Mon St V, 1985. Floor: Once Upon a Time, 1994. Photo: Peter Cox.

    Rasheed Araeen

    Van Abbemuseum

    “THIS IS A UNIQUE STORY. It is a story that has never been told,” wrote artist and pedagogue Rasheed Araeen in his catalogue essay for the 1989 exhibition “The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain” at London’s Hayward Gallery. The exhibition, encompassing works by the Indian painter Francis Newton Souza, Filipino artist David Medalla, and Chinese photographer Li Yuan-chia, marked a watershed moment for Asian and African artists. Along with the Centre Pompidou’s “Magiciens de la terre” (Magicians of the World) of the same year, it facilitated the entry of non-Western artists into

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