Rajni’s work as an artist leans gently but clearly across disciplines, countries and thought structures. She is a quiet voice of change, creating and curating visually engaging performances, interventions and writings that open up space for conversation and meeting.

Whether in a public space, in a theatre or on the page, Rajni finds ways to shift perspectives and invite intimate dialogue with strangers. This web of pages attempts to show you how.

From 2005-2012 Rajni worked with a small group of other artists to create and tour a trilogy of works exploring moments of cultural identity and alienation: Mr Quiver (2005-2008), Dinner with America (2007-2009), and Glorious (2009-2012). Since 2006, alongside these larger performance works, Rajni and other members of Rajni Shah Projects (RSP) have created a series of public interventions exploring ideas of gift and conversation. Initially entitled small gifts, this series culminated with two touring pieces made for public spaces: give what you can, take what you need which toured alongside Dinner with America, and Write a Letter to a Stranger which was at the core of Glorious. In 2013, RSP co-organised the symposium Beyond Glorious: the radical in engaged practices with Birkbeck College.

From 2013 to 2016, Rajni is conducting research towards a practice-based PhD at Lancaster University, working with Professor Gerry Harris. As part of her PhD, Rajni will be engaging in a series of performative dialogues with other artists who are also friends - public events related to these will be listed on the website calendar (to the right). In addition, Rajni is working with Mary Paterson, Susan Sheddan, and Tiffany Charrington during 2014 and 2015 to explore new models for company leadership, and together they are leading on a project entitled Lying Fallow.

Latest publication: Dear Stranger, I love you - available here!



Mr Quiver - Image by Rajni Shah, Manuel Vason, and Lucille Acevedo-JonesMr Quiver - Image by Rajni Shah, Manuel Vason, and Lucille Acevedo-Jones
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Dinner with America - at the Bluecoat (Liverpool) 2008 - image by Manuel VasonDinner with America - at the Bluecoat (Liverpool) 2008 - image by Manuel Vason
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Glorious - image by Pari Naderi for SPILL Festival 2011Glorious - image by Pari Naderi for SPILL Festival 2011
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