Brief Artist Statement: “In my work, I focus on and critique the visual stereotypes and performative aspects that shape female gender identity and Iranian ethnic identity. My perspective is that of a Canadian-Iranian exilic and diasporic artist who is questioning while also trying to assert gender and cultural identity. In particular, I focus on the performances through which individuals express such identities and I critique the value and legitimacy of identity and cultural expression. Moreover, I am interested in how race and gender are performed from multiple layered perspectives: exilic, decolonial and diasporic. While performing stereotypes, I focus on fantasy, whether it is the viewer’s fantasy or my own.”
Brief Bio: Rah Eleh was an undergraduate student in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa. She graduated in 2013. She is an Iranian-Canadian video, net and performance artist. Rah’s work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at spaces including: Images Festival (Toronto), Museum London, Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, Massachusetts), Miami Art Basel, Nieuwe Vide (Haarlem, Netherlands), Pao Festival (Oslo, Norway), Kunst Am Spreeknie (Berlin, Germany), Kunsthaus Graz Museum (Graz, Austria), and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). Rah is represented by Vtape.
When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Where: 100 Laurier, Room 114