Born in Bombay | Mumbai, India, 1989.
Lives in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland, Aotearoa | New Zealand.
University of Auckland, New Zealand.
BA (2012) Art History & English.
The Otago Museum, Bildungsroman, Dunedin, NZ
RM Gallery, Some Retained Delights, Auckland, NZ
Refinery Artspace, Bildungsroman, Nelson, NZ
Phoenix Gallery, Uncruising, Athens, Greece
Malcolm Smith Gallery, Bildungsroman, Auckland, NZ
Latitude 53, Even the Birds are Walking, Edmonton, Canada
Mangere Arts Centre, Nectar, Auckland, NZ
Bowerbank Ninow, Hot Mess, Auckland, NZ
Chatterjee & Lal, Arthur Bunder Press, Mumbai, India
Hastings City Art Gallery, Softly Spoken, Hastings, NZ
Window Gallery, Come, Remember, Auckland, NZ
Auckland Art Gallery, The Nineteen Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Gallery Crossing, Roots, Gifu, Japan
The Dowse Museum, Making Conversation, Wellington, NZ
Masterworks Gallery, Tableau, Auckland, NZ
Pah Homestead, Vanished Delft, Auckland, NZ
Gus Fisher Gallery, Marabar Caves, Auckland, NZ
Ramp Gallery, Beauty is in the Street, Hamilton, NZ
Masterworks Gallery, The Buttons Show, Auckland, NZ
Fog Linen Works, Contemporary NZ Craft, Tokyo, Japan
Objectspace, Beauty is in the Street, Auckland, NZ
All Press Gallery, MRKT, Auckland, NZ
Villa Exarchiea Artist Residency,
Parsi Heritage Survey,
Mumbai, India + Tehran, Iran
Awards & Presentations
World Architecture Festival - Civic Award Nomination for 'Tall Hut' in collaboration with Moller Architects. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Parsi Heritage Gara Embroidery Workshop
with Zenobia Davar. Mumbai, India
Objectspace National Craft, Applied Art & Design Symposium - Practice/Practise: Perspectives on Making Now (Panelist). Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand
Italic textAreez Katki is a multidisciplinary artist & textile practitioner based in Auckland, New Zealand. Drawing from historic and social research, he addresses his value for craft sensibilities through a research driven contemporary practice. Over the duration of his career Katki has focused on the significance of materiality in the domestic realm through personal processes of fabricating textiles and an ongoing engagement with their narratives. With a background in Art History and an early childhood imbibed in the values of craft, Katki developed a practice based on instinctive responses to textile & fibre research. Often juxtaposing the ephemeral synaesthesic responses to his environment with a subjectivity around formal processes of fabrication that were matrilineally inherited.
Culminating in richly contextualised bodies of work since 2015, Katki raises questions around the political nature of craft; proclaiming his role as a craftsperson within the realm of contemporary art. The works have addressed social constructs of identity, spirituality and sexuality that have since been explored through various mediums including beaded tapestry weaving, embroidery, paint, sculpture and printmaking.
In 2019 after a ten month-long residency based in Mumbai, India, Katki exhibited his premiere solo body of work Bildungsroman. A narrative that surveys the depths of domestic materiality whilst investigating issues around identity, spirituality and sexuality. Traversing his genetic landscapes across Persia and his birthplace in India, the work was exhibited at Malcolm Smith Gallery in the Eastern region of Auckland where Katki was raised. Bildungsoman is currently touring to institutions across Aotearoa over 2019-2020.