Scholarship About my Work

“The development of Rah’s performative characters from 2012 to now seems to unfold chronologically: from the nostalgic-exilic clinging to tradition and essentializing stereotypes seen with Fatimeh, to the contemporaneity of Oreo’s use of media platforms (Instagram, Tinder, and YouTube) for critical racial drag with global reach and interactivity, to Coco’s wordless, utopic, agency, dancing as a resilient other in a mock reality talent show called SuperNova (2018, video). Rah’s career trajectory may be perceived in these characters’ developments, as if signifying historical stages, or suggesting multiple, simultaneous modernities (two of which are clearly not Western): focused on past, present, and future.”

–  PhD Andrea D. Fitzpatrick from ““Stars are Not Always White: Queering Race, Temporality, and Iranian Identity in Rah’s SuperNova.

Conference Presentations

Fitzpatrick, A. “From Oreo to SuperNova: Queer Black Feminism in Contemporary Art,” Black Feminism in North and Latin American Art panel, UAAC (Universities Art Association of Canada) Annual Conference, Quebec, Oct. 2019. See p. 315 of conference program:

Fitzpatrick, A. “Stars are Not Always White: Queering Race, Temporality, and Iranian Identity in Rah’s SuperNova,” Queer Visualities: African Perspectives, Other Perspectives, North West University at Potchefstroom, South Africa, Feb. 2019. See p. 16 of conference program:

Rah Eleh IMBD


Abbott, Kate.“Islam Contemporary Shines at Liechtenstein, Whitney Centres,” The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, MA, 2013 17-‘Islam Contemporary’ shines at Lichtens…reaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

Abma,Sandra. “Arts in Ottawa: A Weekend of Firsts, Lasts, and Second helpings,” CBC News,  Ottawa, 2017. 9-Arts in Ottawa- A weekend of firsts, lasts and second helpings | CBC News

Adams, Kelsey. “What to See at Virtual Nuit Blanche” in Now Toronto, September 29, 2020.

Adams, Kelsey. “Nine Stellar Highlights From Toronto’s Art Scene in 2020,” in Now Toronto, December 22, 2020

Art Gallery of Ontario, “Artist Spotlight,”in AGOinsider, 2020.

Bell, Gloria. “Fair of Alternative Art 6,” Canadian Art, Canada, 2018.

Bhangu, Noor. “Nuit Blanche Toronto Goes Virtual to Change How People See Art and Public Space” in The Conversation, October 7, 2021.

Bhangu, Noor. “In Conversation with Rah,” Public Parking, Manitoba, Canada, 2018.4-In conversation with Rah | Public Parki…ublication | Manitoba | Public Parking

Dagenais, Francine. “Iranian Art in Canada,” Art Tomorrow, Vol. 8, 2012, p. 63-63. Persian translation by P. Parishandzadeh. 3-ArtTomorrow

Dupont,Nichole. “Islam Contemporary: A Journey into Past, Present, Future and Action,” Rural Intelligence,  Pittsfield, 2013. 18-Islam Contemporary? A Journey Into Past…occo, Occidentals – Rural Intelligence

Galerie Nouvel Ontario, Artist Spotlight,  

Hernando, Syliva. “Net Art’: The Art That Time Proved Right” in El Pais, June 22, 2020.

Holtz, Katrin. “Die Flüchtlingskrise aus künstlerischer Sicht,”Budapester Zeitung, 2017. 10-Die Flüchtlingskrise aus künstlerischer Sicht – Budapester Zeitung

Khaiken, Lital. “Defragmenting Identity,” Guerilla Art Magazine, Ottawa, 2015. Guerilla

Kuennen, Joel. “Georgia Fee Artist, Writer Residency,” Artslant, New York, 2014. 16-Georgia Fee Paris Residency

Marr, Emma. “Meet the Artists,” LondonFuse,  2017 11-Meet the Artists- Western’s Open Studios 2017 – LondonFuse

Mckeever, Andy. “Art Show Look at Modern Islamic Life,” iBerkshire, Pittsfield, 2013 .20-Pittsfield Art Show Looks at Modern Isl…erkshire County community information.

Pozzi, Veronica.“Vienna: The Street Art Waltz,” European Magazine,  Berlin, 2014. 14-Vienna Street Art Waltz

“Rah,” Point Magazine, Toronto, Canada, 2015 13-RAH | POINT.

“Raheleh Saneie’s WhiteFace Parody,” Six Pillars To Persia, 2014. 15-Raheleh Saneie’s ‘Whiteface Parody’ | Six Pillars

Racevičiūtė, Barbora. “Ways of Being Here: The Making of Immigrant Subjects,” Toronto, ON, 2016. 2-Ways of Being Here

Shokri,Najaf .“Ciphers Tension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography,”  2012. 22-CiphersTension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography

Spadafora, Amanda. “Raheleh Saneie: An Artist Profile,” Herd, Issue 02, 2012. 21-Herd

Sauerlaender , Tina. 2020. “A Short History of Self-Representation in Digital Art”. International Journal for Digital Art History, no. 5 (December), 3.2-3.17.

“Women, Video and Avant Garde Filmmakers,” Cinewomen Cahier, Vol.15, Paris, 2015 12-CineWomen

Young, Brandon.” SuperNova and Rah Eleh’s Identity Issues,” The Coast,  Halifax, 2018. 8-Prismatic preview: SuperNova and Rah-Eleh’s identity issues | Visual Art | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST

Video/ Television/ Radio Interviews

“How do you Reckon with Female Self Immolation? For Rah Eleh, It Meant Reimagining How She Makes Art.” CBC Arts, November 30, 2020.

“Belonging to Place,” Nuit Podcast, October 3, 2020

“Rah Eleh,” Body Issue, podcast, Istanbul, January 4, 2022

“Sounds to Communicate,” Traveling Voices-Traveling Noises, Episode 1, Studio Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, 2020

“Artistry in Covid,” The Link, Montreal, October 7, 2020

“Le Fun House,” HighT Podcast, September 27, 2020

Carleton University Radio Show Midweek, November 27, 2019, Listen here: 00:05:10- 00:10:00,

“Prismatic Art Festival,” Rogers TV, Ottawa, ON, 2019, Watch here:

“Death To/ Long Live the Archive: Race and Gender in Video Art,” Koffler Digital, 2018,

Arthus-Bertrand, Yann, Anastasia Mikova, “Women,” 2017

“Koumaria Residency,” Medea Electronique, 2016

“Refugees Welcome,” Orange Radio, Vienna, Austria, 2014

Press Release

Rah Eleh: Spolied Milk, e-flux

Venice Biennale, Cision: PR Newswire,

2023 Sobey Art Award, e-flux,

National Gallery of Canada, Cision: PR Newswire

Nuit Blanche Toronto, Cision: PR Newswire

Rhizome, Personal Structures Venice Biennale,

Celestial Throne at Venice Biennale, Akimbo,

Rah Eleh: Aporia, A Space, Akimbo

SuperNova: Carleton University Art Gallery, Canadian Art,

UWAG: SuperNova,

alpha nova galerie futura, Berlin,

Somos Art Haus, Berlin,

Personal Structures, Venice,

Friche La Belle De Mai, Marseille, France