Vice-chairperson of G.A.P., visual artist, researcher
Sepideh Rahaa (1981, Iran) is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator based in Helsinki. Through her practice she actively investigates/questions prevailing power structures, social norms and conventions while focusing on womanhood, storytelling and everyday resistances. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral studies in Contemporary Art at Aalto University. Her research interests are representation in contemporary art, silenced histories, decolonisation, feminist politics and intersectionality, collaboration, global social justice, and critical race studies. Her aim is to initiate methods within contemporary art for creating spaces for dialogue. Since 2015, Rahaa has been actively participating in debates and taking actions regarding the art politics in Finland by being a member at Third Space Collective, Globe Art Point (board 2016) and Nordic Network for Norm critical Leadership (2018) among other collaborative projects.
She holds a BA in Painting and Visual Arts, MA in Art and Research from Shahed University of Tehran and a second MA in Fine Arts and contemporary art at Aalto University. Her artistic practice combines different disciplines, including film and video, performance, painting, poetry and photography. Her work has been exhibited and screened in Europe, Asia and West Asia (politically known as the Middle East): Iran, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Germany (Berlin), Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.