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Matthew David Rana (US/PK b.1981) is an artist and writer based in Oakland, CA. His research considers epistemological, historiographic and representational problematics through the lenses of narrative and performativity. Recent projects include: “The Autobiography of Ernest Patrick Butler: His Battles with God, Life and Self,”(2009), a comic book co-authored with Rick Butler, a homeless man who sells handmade crocheted hats at the MacArthur BART station in Oakland, and “The Gondolier’s Song,” (2008) a video and sound performance in which a piano piece was played for Venetian gondoliers while traveling by motorboat through the canals.

Matthew’s work has been shown nationally in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and internationally in France, Sweden and Italy. He is a featured contributor to the online journal Art Practical and his writing has appeared in There is No Two Without Three, I’m a Park and You’re a Deer and most recently, AfterWords: Texts on Voice. He holds an MFA/MA in Social Practice and Visual & Critical Studies form the California College of the Arts, and a BFA in Art Studio from the University of New Mexico.

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