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Dear Sister

The documentary is about five sisters that reunite in Istanbul after 27 years. The personal and political merge together while the conversations of these long-time separated sisters reflect on the past and memory: war, life in exile, immigration, and activism are topics unravelled in this sensitive cinematic encounter. Die Dokumentation handelt von fünf Schwestern, die …

Absence and Representation: Pantone Matching Project, Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki, Finland, 2015

https://vimeo.com/143791789 Rah started this work as a solo performance “NW25” (Neutral Warm 25) for Process 9 at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. Rah was invited by MUU Gallery in Finland to create a performance for Art Fair Suomi. The one-hour performance involved several female collaborators and each woman had the numerical code of their skin tone …

Refugees Welcome, Preview Version, 3 Channel Video, Studio Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, Austria, 2014

      “Refugees Welcome” is a three channel video installation that addresses the complex experiences of LGBT Iranian expats and refugees living in Vienna. The first video of three shows the collaborators prior to the interview. Rah is seen syncing the camera and the audio, meanwhile the camera captures a poignant psychological state of …

Ululation, Excerpt, 6 hour Durational Performance, Toronto, ON, 2014

“Ululation” was a six-hour durational performance performed at Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto, ON in March 2013. The performer was dressed in traditional Iranian clothing often worn in the northern regions of Iran. This traditional dress has many layers including: a vest, blouse, skirt, pants and head garment. The performer rolled in and out of …

Oriental Drag, Williams College Museum of Art, 2013

“Oriental Drag” was a two-hour durational performance at Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown Massachusetts on November 21, 2013. Rah stood still and silently on a plinth while allowing spectators to play “dress up.” On a nearby table, there were various accessories including scarves, makeup and brushes, and a blonde wig. On a garment …

Self Portrait, Digital Video, 2013, Excerpt (1 minute)

  “Self Portrait” is a two channel video installation. Both channels are projected larger than life size and are installed in front of each other. As the viewer approaches the videos, their shadows becomes a part of the installation. The viewer is encouraged to think about their relationship with these racialized characters and their role …

Oriental Tutorial, Preview Version, Digital Video, 2013

  “In his major contribution, Fatima is Fatima  (1971), Ali Shari’ati (1933-77), constructed a role model for Iranian women that would restore the moral fortitude that had been seemingly lost to overwhelming Euro-American mass consumption during the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah (r.1941-79): ‘What creatures [women] they [the monarchy] have sent to the market place …

Shades of the Orient, 2012

“Shades of the Orient”is a light box installation that was commissioned by SAW Gallery for the show “Transformer: the Body Remixed.” Shades of the Orient is a photographic image made by exposing a single frame multiple times while moving around within the frame as the light hits the set. Completed in 2012, this piece is …