The characters in Canadian-Iranian artist Rah’s SUPERNOVA foreground an exploration of gender, performance, selfhood and cultural identity in an upcoming exhibition at grunt gallery. Oreo, Fatimeh and the space-time-nonconforming Coco (all portrayed by the artist herself) exist variously in galaxy Messier 82, each a contestant on a futuristic, if eerily familiar, reality-tv-style talent show. Moving through performances for a panel of eccentric judges, Rah’s subjects provide commentary on gender and culture as it is performed in the mainstream – galactic or no – and the slippery potential of resistance.
Exhibition Title: SUPERNOVA
Opening: April 30th, 2020
Exhibition Dates: May 1st — June 20th, 2020