ELHAM RAHMATI & SEPIDEH RAHAA: INTERSECTIONAL SELVES

Elham Rahmati, Not only I will stare, I want my look to change reality, Ink on Paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2013-2018.
Elham Rahmati, Not only I will stare, I want my look to change reality, Ink on Paper, 100 x 70 cm, 2013-2018.

Elham Rahmati (b. 1989) is a visual artist and a freelance curator from Helsinki. He is also the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of No Niin art magazine. No Niin is a monthly online publication combining perspectives of art, criticality and art. In 2019 and 2020, Elham worked as curator and producer at AMPI (Academy of Moving People & Images), a film school in Helsinki for people who are on the move – that is, immigrants and refugees. Elham’s main artistic mediums are painting, drawing and video installation. In her work, Rahmati investigates memory as a form of resistance in conflicts.

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Sepideh Rahaa, Self portrait I, Polychrome crayon on cardboard, 110x80 cm, Iran 2003.
Sepideh Rahaa, Self portrait I, Polychrome crayon on cardboard, 110×80 cm, Iran 2003.

Sepideh Rahaa (b. 1981) is an Iranian-born multidisciplinary artist and researcher based in Helsinki. She examines and questions prevailing power structures, social norms and conventions through her work, focusing on womanhood, storytelling and resistance in everyday life. Her aim is to create a space for dialogue. Her work is informed by feminist politics, decolonial and postcolonial theories and practices as well as social and environmental justice. She is also a doctoral student at Aalto University. Her work has been on display in exhibitions in Europe as well as East and Southwest Asia: Iran, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden , Estonia, Germany (Berlin), Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. In 2024, Rahaa held exhibitions in Kiasma and Lahti Museum of Visual Arts (MALVA), and her work has recently been exhibited at Liverpool Biennial (2023) and Helsinki Biennial (2023). 

(For those who are curious about her name: Rahaa is a Persian and Kurdish woman’s name which means ‘free person’).

www.sepidehrahaa.com/