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As an extension of Rhizophora, Rao’s solo exhibition at the Rubus Discolor Project in Portland, OR, she carried certain objects to share with people individually or in small groups at mutually chosen locations (ex. a bar, a park, or their studio). Dispersal stems from Rao’s research into the migration and adaptability of mangroves before they take root in a location; the project extends a practice begun earlier in 2022 in New York City to facilitate tactile engagement with objects in an intimate setting.

Parts of the mangrove plant made with soap
and pigment.
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