• Artist: Rah Eleh
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Commissioned Project
  • Neighbourhood: North York

#BlueGirl is a three-channel feminist and ethnic futurist operatic video installation.

Location

5100 Yonge St

  • Address: 5100 Yonge
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

The goal of #BlueGirl is to shed light on the issue of self-immolation involving young women in the Middle East and Central Asia, through the lens of survivors’ stories. The vast majority of those undertaking the act are young, married and the majority of self-immolations involving women in this region occur in the midst of a family dispute, follow a number of repeated threats, and involve questions of forced marriage and domestic violence. While approaching this subject with the utmost sensitivity and compassion that it deserves, Rah Eleh wants to amplify these women’s voices by way of a song which was created with their testimonials and offer up a medium through which the public can grapple with the complexities of their lives and struggles.

The Artist

Rah is a digital and performance artist and a PhD candidate at die Die Universität fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Rah’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally at spaces including: Venice Biennale (ECC, Palazzo Mora), Images Festival (Toronto), Museum London, Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, Massachusetts), Miami Art Basel, Nieuwe Vide (Haarlem, Netherlands), and the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). She has been the recipient of numerous awards including: Chalmers Arts Fellowship, SSHRC Canada Graduate and Doctoral scholarships, and several Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council grants. She has been awarded many residencies including the Koumaria Residency (Greece, 2016), Studio Das Weisse Haus (Vienna, 2014) and the ArtSlant Georgia Fee Residency (Paris).

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to the courageous women from the hope centre who wish to remain anonymous but who’s contribution is invaluable to this work. Sara Hassani, Parisa Sabat, Tahirih Vejdani, Simin Keramti, Maya Ben David, Dobrochna Zubek, Darya Zonoozi, Stacie Dunlop, Justin Arjune, Amir Kiani, Cinemote Studio, Steven Ejbick, Ashley Vierira, Sarah London, Katie Brown. Photographer: Stan Williams