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Sepideh Rahaa


Sepideh Rahaa (b.1981, Iran) is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator based in Helsinki. Through her practice, she investigates and questions prevailing power structures, social norms and conventions while focusing on womanhood, storytelling and everyday resistances. Through her works and the methods enabled by contemporary art, Rahaa aims to initiate and create spaces for dialogue.

Rahaa’s work is influenced by feminist politics, decolonial and postcolonial theories and practices as well as social and environmental justice.

Helsinki Biennial 2023 will exhibit an extended version of Rahaa’s recent multichannel video installation that highlights issues of food security, access to clean water and nourishment as well as the importance of the traditions of sustainable cultivation in the current climate emergency.

Sepideh Rahaa, Songs to Earth, Songs to Seeds (2022), multichannel video installation (image courtesy of the artist).

Rahaa’s work has been exhibited and screened in Europe, East and Southwest Asia: Iran, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, including venues such as Rauma Art Museum for the Rauma Triennale 2022, Artsi Art Museum 2021 and Pori Art Museum 2019.

She will soon exhibit both at Helsinki Biennial 2023 and Liverpool Biennial 2023.

Rahaa is an active member and co-founder of Third Space collective in Helsinki (2015-).