Kiran Rai or KRAI, is a Punjabi-Canadian multidisciplinary artist who celebrates cultural and diasporic individuality. Sharing the voice of minority, Kiran works to decolonize western frameworks of identity with a focus on key social issues. As an emerging artist and designer, Kiran has completed a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Masters in Architecture. She experiments with various mediums and subject matter. Her work is seen in private collections around the world. Her featured work is titled “Masked Maharani,” and is part of a larger body of work where she explores the concept of women subject to societal standards, especially with falling victim to the power dynamics of the patriarchy.
Embedded in culture is the expectation of quiet, emotionally vacant women who blindly listen to others, often leaving the fate of one’s life to people seen as their “superiors”. Through Kiran’s work, she seeks to portray a newfound power and sense of mystery. Kiran embraces cultural identity in a new light through the “rebel” lens; fighting for the right of expression and challenging the status quo.
Description: A study of the expression of cultural self-identity during times of the pandemic, where the mask is a symbol of anonymity and effectively clones the people of society