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)
Creative Writing

Solo Exhibitions

2020
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

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
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

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, 19 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

Chartwell Trust
Wallace Arts Trust
The Dowse Museum
Fletcher Trust Collection



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 and Tehran, Iran


Awards & Presentations

2020
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: 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
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.

Areez   Katki
Areez   Katki