“Oriental Drag” is a stop motion that consists of one-thousand photographs. The poses in each image are inspired by hip hop, vogue, and traditional Iranian dancing.The melange of fragmented poses and dance styles creates a new hybrid dance that is innovative and reflects the character’s experience in the diaspora and her imagination. Through her creation, she is emancipated. In many of Rah’s works, she makes references to dance, however, it is always a performance done in character and is often accompanied by a well rehearsed script.
Further, the visibility and construction of the studio space is synonymous with the construction of cultural identity. Rah wants to challenge the stereotypical and dehumanizing images often see in visual culture and by including the studio space the viewer is made aware of the construction. Rah also uses many cliche motifs seen in persian art: the belly dancing garments, the persian rug and sheesha pipe adorned with red jewels and a small decorative tea set.
Music: Ashley Gauthier
Studio Assitant: Sasha Vreca