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 spaces for conversation and meeting.

From 2005-2012 Rajni worked with a 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 led a series of performative dialogues with Karen Christopher, Chris Goode, and Andy smith - these were titled Experiments in Listening and were documented with three responsive films by Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra, Griffyn Gilligan, and Jonathan Kemp. In addition, Rajni worked with Mary Paterson, Susan Sheddan, and Tiffany Charrington during 2014 and 2015 on a new project called Lying Fallow, which Rajni is also including in her PhD.

In 2016, Rajni Shah Projects will formally close as a company with a celebration of the work it has made and supported. There will be an opportunity for a new more collective organisation to take its place and continue developing its ethos. This process of change is being led by the following company directors: CJ Mitchell, Helena Suarez, Mark Trezona, Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah, Susan Sheddan, and Tracey Low.

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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