Sepideh Rahaa

Sepideh Rahaa, One Ocean is the Distance, 2015, Courtesy of artist. Image: Still image of the video

Sepideh Rahaa (MOC Collective), Mirror, Four channel immersive video installation, Mänttä Art Festival 2021, Courtesy of artist & MOC. Photo by Aman Askarizad 

Sepideh Rahaa, Songs to Earth, Songs to Seeds, 2022, Rice cultivation process. , Courtesy of artist. Photo: images from the ongoing project

Sepideh Rahaa, One Ocean is the Distance, 2015, Courtesy of artist. Image: Still image of the video

Sepideh Rahaa (b.1981, Amol, Iran) is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator based in Helsinki. Through her practice, she actively investigates and 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 interests are silenced histories, decolonisation, feminist politics and post-migration matters. She seeks these interests through collaborative ongoing projects such as A Dream That Came True? (2016-2021). Her aim is to initiate methods through contemporary art to create spaces for dialogue. Rahaa's artistic practice combines different disciplines including film and video installation, performance art, painting, poetry and photography.

Her work has been exhibited and screened in Europe, East Asia and Southwest Asia (politically known as Middle East): Iran, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Germany (Berlin), Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. To name a few, she exhibited at Rauma Art Museum for the Rauma Triennale 2022, Artsi Art Museum 2021, Pori Art Museum 2019. Rahaa is an active member and co-founder of Third Space collective in Helsinki (2015-) and holds a BA in Painting and Visual Arts and an MA in Art and Research from Shahed University of Tehran, and a second MA in Fine Arts at Aalto University.

Her work has been supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation (SuomenKulttuurirahasto), Taike (Arts Promotion Center Finland), Frame Contemporary Art Finland, AVEK (The Finnish Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture), Nylands Svenska Kulturfonds and Visek Kuvasto (copyright society for visual artists).