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 will be conducting research towards a practice-based PhD at Lancaster University, provisionally entitled 'Examining the Radical in Socially Engaged Performance Practices' . Rajni Shah Projects will continue working as a company to deliver a series of public events during this time, and will be actively widening its remit to include other artists and practices.

Dear Stranger, I love you - Glorious publication now available -  click 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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