A media and performance artist, Rah developed the character of Oreo to address contemporary political issues and to stimulate dialogue surrounding racism and white privilege. In her new work, Rah uses social apps as a “relational sketchbook” where she performs as Oreo to critically examine nationalism in the digital age by appropriating hashtags, visuals and symbols used by nationalists from around the world. With this exhibition, Rah inspires an urgent consideration of the ethics of engagement on network technologies.
Rah’s exhibition is presented in partnership with the Qu’ART Collective, as the first event in their year-long festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
Rah is an Iranian-Canadian media and performance artist who left her native Iran as a refugee before settling in Canada and growing up in Gatineau, Quebec. Rah’s work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Chalmers Arts Fellowship and the Conseil Des Arts et Des Lettres Du Quebec Research/Production grant for Digital Arts and Film. She has participated in several international residencies in Koumaria (Greece), Helsinki, Vienna and Paris.
#oreo_liveitwhite continues until Saturday March 9. It is free and open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12 and 5 pm, or by appointment. The SPAO Centre Gallery is fully accessible.