Rasheed Araeen (born 1935 in Karachi, Pakistan, lives and works in London) is an artist, activist, writer, editor and curator. In 1964, he moved to the United Kingdom from Pakistan, where he had initially trained as a civil engineer. Araeen is recognized as the father of minimalist sculpture
in 1960s Britain. His work in performance
, and sculpture throughout the 1970s to 1990s challenged Eurocentricsm within the British art establishment and championed the role of minority artists, especially those of Asia, African and Caribbean descent. In addition to his artistic practice, he took on activist roles with organisations such as the Black Panthers and Artists for Democracy, and founded the critical journals Black Phoenix
, Third Text
and Third Text Asia
. Araeen organised the seminal 1989 exhibition, “The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain”, which was held at Southbank Centre, London. Author of numerous essays and journals, he has written Art Beyond Art: Ecoaesthetics—A Manifesto for the 21st Century
(Third Text Publications, London, 2010) and the autobiographical Making Myself Visible
(Kala Press, London, 1984).