Born in Bombay | Mumbai, India, 1989.
Lives in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland,
Aotearoa | New Zealand.

University of Auckland.
BA (2012) Art History & English.

Solo Exhibitions

2020
The Otago Museum, Bildungsroman, Dunedin, NZ

2019
RM Gallery, Some Retained Delights, Auckland, NZ
Refinery Artspace, Bildungsroman, Nelson, NZ
Phoenix Gallery, Uncruising, Athens, Greece
Malcolm Smith Gallery, Bildungsroman, Auckland, NZ

Group Exhibitions

2020
Auckland Art Fair, Virtual Art Fair – Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Tim Melville Gallery, Paper Trail, Auckland, NZ
Latitude 53, Even the Birds are Walking, Edmonton, Canada

2019
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

2017
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

2016
Objectspace, Beauty is in the Street, Auckland, NZ
All Press Gallery, MRKT, Auckland, NZ


Collections

Wallace Arts Trust


Residencies

2020
Howick Historic Village Survey
Te Tuhi, Auckland, NZ

Artist Printmaking Residency [lithography]
Auckland Print Studio, NZ

2019
Arthur Bunder Press Residency
Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India

Villa Exarchiea Artist Residency
Athens, Greece

2018
Parsi Heritage Survey
Mumbai, India + Tehran, Iran


Awards & Presentations

2020
The World Zoroastrian Organisation 
Postgraduate Scholarship Award
London, UK

2019
World Architecture Festival – Civic Award Nomination for 'Tall Hut' in collaboration with Moller Architects. Amsterdam, Netherlands

2018
Parsi Heritage Gara Embroidery Workshop
Mumbai, India

2016
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.

Areez   Katki
Areez   Katki