Celestial Throne by Rah Eleh

Celestial Throne is a two -channel video that consists of two screen or projections that seamlessly interect. The video parodies the tropes endemic to a classic game show, specifically Jeopardy!, where clues are provided and contestants guess the answers. The clues in the game show expose coded internet dialect, iconography, memes, and aesthetics used by far right hate groups to disseminate the movement’s political ideologies, spread messages of animosity and to lure recruits. The characters are all performed by the artist and they deconstruct racial stereotypes, while the videos are a pointed critique of far-right internet extremism. A glossary of terms can be found on the artist’s website

Rah Eleh is a PhD candidate at Die Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Rah’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally at spaces including Venice Biennale (Palazzo Mora), Vogele Kultur Zentrum (Pfaiffikon, Switzerland), Nuit Blanche (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 long-listed 2023 Sobey Art Awards, 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 ONX Studio (NYC, 2024 ), Koumaria Residency (Greece, 2016), Studio Das Weisse Haus (Vienna, 2014) and the ArtSlant Georgia Fee Residency (Paris, 2014). 

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