Born in Goa in 1989, Rujuta Rao completed her BFA in sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2011, and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Parsons School of Design, New York in 2014.
She makes objects in a variety of materials which come together in installations that are shape-shifting, mobile and can be flat packed. Her presence is integral to these installations as she converses with viewers allowing them to touch the objects.
Through harness-like garments and fictional narratives, she extends elements of ecological and technological processes to the human body thereby addressing the fragmenting effect of trauma on bodies and minds, especially those of women. These narratives take the form of text, sound pieces and gifs.
Her work reflects her preoccupation with food and with how alcoholic beverages are made and imbibed. It is also informed by her interest in photographs as digital images and as physical objects, the filmmaking apparatus, architectural spaces, teleportation and alternate modes of travel.
In 2020, she founded RAO, a platform for the non-binary, single-edition garments that are part of her practice. Her garments negotiate risk and safety, domination and its limits, the intimate and the clinical, and shame and exposure. They initiate conversations about the choice of fabric, definition, size, inhibition and gender.
Rao lives and works in the United States.
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