Born in Bombay | Mumbai, India, 1989.
Lives in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland,
Aotearoa | New Zealand
University of Auckland.
Bachelor of Arts (2012)
Art History & English
International Institute of Modern Letters
Master of Arts with Distinction (graduation, 2021)
Sumer Gallery, On Chroma, Tauranga, NZ
Ararimu Valley School Cottage, Howick Historic Village
[via Te Tuhi], It's Never Too Late To Learn, Auckland, NZ
Tim Melville Gallery, Notes & Methods, Auckland, NZ
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
Adam Art Gallery, 19 Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Tim Melville Gallery, Virtual Art Fair, 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, 19 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
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 and Tehran, Iran
Awards & Presentations
World Zoroastrian Organisation
Postgraduate Scholarship Award
Parsi Heritage: The Gara
Objectspace National Craft,
Applied Art & Design Symposium
Practice/Practise: Perspectives on Making Now (Panelist)
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland, New Zealand
Areez Katki is an artist & writer who draws from historic and social research to address the value of craft sensibilities, 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 through the personal processes of fabricating textiles, along with an ongoing engagement with their storied narratives.
With a background in Art History and an early childhood imbibed in the values of craft, Katki developed techniques based on instinctive responses to textile & fibre research. His work often juxtaposes the ephemeral synaesthetic responses to an abstracted environment, with a subjectivity around formal processes of fabrication that were matrilineally inherited and documented.
Culminating in richly contextualised bodies of work since 2015, Katki raises questions around the political nature of craft; proclaiming his role as a craftsperson and a storyteller within the hierarchical structures of contemporary art, his works have addressed social constructs of identity, spirituality and sexuality that have since been executed through various mediums—tapestry weaving, beadwork, embroidery, paint, sculpture, printmaking.
In 2019 after a ten month-long residency based in Mumbai, India, Katki exhibited his first solo body of work, Bildungsroman—a narrative that surveyed 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 project was exhibited at Malcolm Smith Gallery in the Eastern region of Auckland where Katki was raised. Bildungsroman subsequently toured to institutions across Aotearoa over 2019 – 2020. The exhibition was scheduled to travel to India in mid-2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been postponed to 2021.
Since early 2020 Katki has been based in Pōneke, Wellington, where he has been crafting a hybrid novel that explores intergenerational themes of spirituality and queerness framed by the migratory condition. This venture into poetry and creative nonfiction culminated in the award of a Masters of Arts with Distinction in creative writing at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters.
Katki is represented by Tim Melville Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau, where he exhibited a new body of work, Notes & Methods in June 2020, which contextualised the ongoing narrative intersections of his writing and textile making practices.