Studio Talk with Sahej Rahal
From Emily Hermant
Sahej Rahal identifies primarily a storyteller, weaving together fact and fiction to create counter-mythologies, interrogating narratives that shape the present. Drawing upon sources ranging from local legends to science fiction, Rahal’s myth-world takes the form of sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, performances, installations and AI programs. By bringing these into dialogue with each other, he creates scenarios where indeterminate beings emerge from the cracks in our civilization. Rahal’s participation in exhibitions includes the Liverpool Biennial, the Kochi Biennial, the Vancouver Biennial, the MACRO Museum Rome, Kadist SF, the ACCA Melbourne and the CCA Glasgow. Rahal’s presentation explores processes of mythmaking, including rituals, artefacts, painted manuscripts and artificial intelligence, and their potential as tools of reimagining possible worlds.