The SPAO Centre presents #oreo_liveitwhite, a new exhibition by Rah, opening January 18, 2019
Artist talk from 6 pm to 7pm. Reception from 7 pm to 9 pm at the SPAO Centre.
On January 18, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre (77 Pamilla St.) for an artist talk and the opening reception of #oreo_liveitwhite, featuring the work of Rah, an Iranian-Canadian artist from the Ottawa/Gatineau region.
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 one of the first events in the Qu’ART meta-festival, a year-long collaborative program aiming to broaden LGBTQ2+/ queer artistic activity and to encourage intergenerational knowledge-sharing within our communities. Rah will present an artist talk at 6 pm, in collaboration with Capital Rainbow Refuge, an organization that works with LGBTQ communities to sponsor sexual minority refugees. Following Rah’s presentation, there will be a reception at 7 pm, with remarks at 7:30 pm.
#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.
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.
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