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On Stage: In Conversation with Rah and Andrea Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Rah Eleh’s video installation SuperNova presents a parody of a futuristic talent show. The artist performs the role of seven characters, including Oreo, Fatimeh and Coco, whose entries in the talent show examine issues of race and ethnic performance.

Join Rah for a conversation with art historian Andrea Fitzpatrick, where they will unpack how race is performed and how Rah uses “ethno-futurism” to challenge a euro-centric cultural gaze that represents eastern subjects as stagnant and frozen in time.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space with barrier-free washrooms.

Discount parking passes ($5.00 flat rate) will be available for purchase at the tunnel entrance from 6:45 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Please see the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions.

Rah Eleh is an Iranian-Canadian video, net and performance artist. Rah’s work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at spaces including: Images Festival (Toronto), Museum London, Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, Massachusetts), Miami Art Basel, Nieuwe Vide (Haarlem, Netherlands), Pao Festival (Oslo, Norway), Kunst Am Spreeknie (Berlin, Germany), Kunsthaus Graz Museum (Graz, Austria), and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). Rah is represented by Vtape.

Andrea Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor, History and Theory of Art, in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include contemporary Iranian visual art and photography, identity and gender in art and visual culture, the politics and ethics of representation, and media images during times of war and conflict, in particular involving the Middle East. She has curated two exhibitions of Iranian lens-based art at the Canadian artist-run centres Galerie SAW Gallery (Ciphers: Tension with Tradition) and Toronto’s Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Gender and Exposure).