Artist and writer Areez Katki is a rising star in the contemporary arts scene, giving new relevance to embroidery while exploring his Queer and Parsi-Indian identity. He often embroiders into materials handed down through his family, such as handkerchiefs and prayer mats.
Currently based in Mumbai, where he was born, Katki moved to New Zealand in 2002 and grew up within a close-knit Parsi community in East Auckland. Parsis are an ethnoreligious group originally from Persia, who practice one of the world's oldest faiths, Zoroastrianism.
Katki currently has a solo exhibition at McLeavey Gallery in Wellington, a major installation at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth with Australian-Afghan artist Khadim Ali, and a billboard work outside Te Tuhi gallery, Pakuranga.