Born in Mumbai, India, 1989

Lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
Aotearoa New Zealand

The University of Auckland
Bachelor of Arts (2012)
Art History & English

International Institute of Modern Letters
Master of Arts (2021)
Creative Writing

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Tim Melville Gallery, Like Birds, Like Fishes, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Enjoy Contemporary, History reserves but a few lines for you,
Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, NZ

The National, Thieves' Market, Ōtautahi Christchurch, NZ

2020
Sumer Gallery, On Chroma, Tauranga, NZ
Ararimu Valley School Cottage, Howick Historic Village
[via Te Tuhi], It's Never Too Late To Learn, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland , NZ

Tim Melville Gallery, Notes & Methods, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
The Otago Museum, Bildungsroman, Ōtepoti Dunedin, NZ

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

Group Exhibitions

2021
Franklin Arts Centre, Homespun, Pukekohe East, NZ

2020
Adam Art Gallery, 19 Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, NZ
Tim Melville Gallery, Virtual Art Fair, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Tim Melville Gallery, Paper Trail, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Latitude 53, Even the Birds are Walking, Treaty 6 Territory Edmonton, Canada

2019
Mangere Arts Centre, Nectar, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Bowerbank Ninow, Hot Mess, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Chatterjee & Lal, Arthur Bunder Press, Mumbai, India
Hastings City Art Gallery, Softly Spoken, Heretaunga Hastings, NZ
Window Gallery, Come, Remember, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 19 Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Gallery Crossing, Roots, Gifu, Japan
The Dowse Museum, Making Conversation, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, NZ
Masterworks Gallery, Tableau, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ

2017
Pah Homestead, Vanished Delft, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Gus Fisher Gallery, Marabar Caves, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Ramp Gallery, Beauty is in the Street, Kirikiriroa Hamilton, NZ
Masterworks Gallery, The Buttons Show, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ
Fog Linen Works, Contemporary NZ Craft, Tokyo, Japan

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


Collections

Chartwell Trust
Wallace Arts Trust
The Dowse Museum
Fletcher Trust Collection



Residencies

2020
Howick Historic Village Survey
Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ

Printmaking Residency (lithography)
Auckland Print Studio, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ

2019
Arthur Bunder Press
Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India

Villa Exarchiea Artist Residency
Athens, Greece

2018
Parsi Heritage Survey
Mumbai, India and Tehran, Iran


Awards & Presentations

2020
World Zoroastrian Organisation 
Postgraduate Scholarship
London, UK

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

2018
Parsi Heritage: The Gara
Embroidery Workshop
Mumbai, India

2016
Objectspace National Craft,
Applied Art & Design Symposium

Practice/Practise: Perspectives on Making Now (Panelist)
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, NZ

Areez Katki is an artist & writer who draws from historic and social research to explore his genetic landscapes via processes that include embroidery, weaving, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

Born into a Persian Zoroastrian family, his practice addresses the social constructs of spirituality, postcolonial identity and sexuality while, at the same time, raising questions about the political nature of craft itself—employing textiles as an anchoring device to illustrate the migratory condition.

Over the duration of his career Katki has focused on the significance of materiality from the domestic realm. He surveys these domains through processes of mark-making, which illuminate his ongoing engagement with storied narratives.

With a background in Art History and an early childhood imbibed in the values of craft, Katki's self-developed techniques are based on instinctive responses to textile & fibre research.

His work as a visual artist juxtaposes the phenomenology of perceived environmental observations and sensorial reactions with a subjectivity that is fed by formal technical knowledge; needlework as an elevated, tactile medium that is often employed as a storytelling device—one which was matrilineally inherited.

Culminating in richly contextualised bodies of work over the past seven years, Katki's work has been exhibited across Aotearoa, and internationally around Asia, North America and Europe. It is held in various private and public collections.

His writing has been published in Matters, Art News (NZ), The Pantograph Punch, Elle Magazine (India), Consider Journal, Waist, Saltwater Love, Turbine Kapohau and Lieu Journal.

Since early 2020 Katki has been based in Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington, where he crafted a hybrid body of writing, which culminated in a Master of Arts with Distinction from the International Institute of Modern Letters.

Katki is represented by Tim Melville Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Areez   Katki
Areez   Katki