Shaheen Merali is an artist who puts popular culture through its paces. He is acutely aware of how popular culture is a carrier of social prejudice and invective, and as such, his work is exercised specifically by the racial and racist content of popular culture. Whether his series of life-size paper constructions of black celebrities or his use of flowerpots and toys to represent people of colour, Merali explores and questions the relationship between racist desire and disgust, between consumer goods and art fetishes, between the sweet icing of kitsch and brutal racist violence. Through his work, it becomes clear that the most trivial objects of amusement carry an inordinate wealth of history, knowledge and prejudice.
'Shaheen Merali is an artist who puts popular culture through its paces ... He is exercised specifically by the racial and racist content of popular culture.' Dave Beech
Introduction by Dave Beech - Masquerade as Masculinity: notes on Shaheen Merali's Paradigms Lost by Adrian Rifkin - Tales from the Dark Side: Double Agency by Jean Fisher - Dark Matters by Hito Stereyl