The body of work by Sahej Rahal (born in Mumbai in 1988) is a growing episodic mythology that he weaves together by drawing upon local legends and hidden histories and bringing them into conversation with the contemporary. This burgeoning mythology is manifested using sculptural installations, paintings, performances, films, and video games that the artist creates using found materials, ranging from digital ephemera, found footage, salvaged furniture, and everyday detritus. During his residency for the Vancouver Biennial in the spring of 2019, Rahal, drawing upon the archives of the city’s Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, brought together his diverse range of practices to critically examine the artifacts of colonial history.
Rahal has participated in a number of prestigious group exhibitions including the Technoshamanism, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany, 2021, “At The Center of The World There is Fiction”, Aici Acolo, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2020, Liverpool Biennale, 2016; the Setouchi Triennial, Japan, 2016; and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2014.
He has been a recipient of many prestigious international residencies such as Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany) and Khoj (New Delhi, India) and won the Forbes India Art Award for best debut show (2014).