Born in Bombay | Mumbai, India, 1989.
Lives in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland,
Aotearoa | New Zealand.
University of Auckland.
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
Virtual Art Fair—Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Tim Melville Gallery, Paper Trail, 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
Wallace Arts Trust
Howick Historic Village Survey
Te Tuhi, Auckland, NZ
Artist Printmaking Residency [lithography]
Auckland Print Studio, NZ
Arthur Bunder Press Residency
Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India
Villa Exarchiea Artist Residency
Parsi Heritage Survey
Mumbai, India + Tehran, Iran
Awards & Presentations
The World Zoroastrian Organisation
Postgraduate Scholarship Award
World Architecture Festival – Civic Award Nomination for 'Tall Hut' in collaboration with Moller Architects. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Parsi Heritage Gara Embroidery Workshop
Objectspace National Craft, Applied Art & Design Symposium – Practice/Practise: Perspectives on Making Now (Panelist). Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand
Areez Katki is a multidisciplinary artist & writer from New Zealand. Drawing from historic and social research, he addresses the values of craft sensibilities through a research driven contemporary practice. Over the duration of his career Katki has focused on the significance of materiality from 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 synaesthetic 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 Iran and his birthplace in India, the work was exhibited at Malcolm Smith Gallery in the Eastern region of Auckland where Katki was raised. Bildungsoman subsequently toured to institutions across Aotearoa over 2019-2020. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to India in mid-2020.
Since early 2020 Katki has been based in Pōneke, Wellington, where he has been working on his Masters of creative writing manuscript from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.