Intercultural: Sheinina Lolita Raj @ FAB-gallery, Santa Monica [21 September]

Intercultural: Sheinina Lolita Raj

18:00 - 21:00

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2001 Main St, Santa Monica, California 90405
INTERCULTURAL an immersive Vision x Sound Art experience celebrates it’s 4th Exhibition at FabGallery located on 2001 Main street in Santa Monica proceeding a world tour that launched in Toronto before Miami (Art Basel) and recently New York (Frieze).
The Opening Reception will begin on September 21, from 6pm-10pm and exhibit through to November 5, closing with a Champagne Brunch and Artist Talk.

“Every aspect of artist Sheinina Raj’s photography-based practice is undertaken in a singular spirit of progressive humanism. Knowing the power of the pure expressive gesture, Raj uses herself —
both her story and her body — as both the intuitive site and narrative touchstone for what is ultimately a deeply personal and generously universal message of peace, acceptance, and beauty”.

Shana Nys Dambrot
Huffington Post Essayist / Art Critic
“When I first saw Sheinina Lolita Raj’s Toronto debut of Intercultural I was struck with both its power and its simplicity. Ideas about race, culture and nationhood are as relevant as ever. The opportunity
to create original music for the Art Basel debut featuring Soundwall technology was a chance to meditate on these ideas and reflect on my own experience in the world as a first-generation Portuguese Canadian. I believe that our evolution as humans will depend on our ability to reenvision the world as a place where country lines are irrelevant. I believe art is a catalyst for the empathy this evolution requires”.

Nelly Furtado
Artist / Musician / Lyricist / Producer
INTERCULTURAL is a conceptually rigorous, painstakingly detailed portfolio exploring conventions of ethnographic perceptions through a series of costumed self-portraiture featuring Raj arrayed in the traditional authentic finery of various regions and nations — India, Pakistan, Japan, Thailand, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Eritrea, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Armenia, Mexico, Hawaii, First Nation and North America. Her own crossborder heritage and intercontinental family history first inspired her to embark on this serial self-transformation, in which her inviting countenance is revealed as ethnically morphic as she successively embodies both the epitome and increasing obsolescence of
race-based constructs of identity. The larger than life scale, and the perfect regularity of Raj’s serene gaze and relaxed but formal front-facing pose creates a clean, almost classical structure within which
comparisons are encouraged, as both differences and samenesses are celebrated equally, and attention to detail moves the story forward. In these images, audiences see the artist more deeply, and
inevitably come to see themselves as well.
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