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IAM – Radha Chaddah

Off-site Event

IAM – Radha Chaddah

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 7 pm
Price: This event is by invitation only.

In 2021, during the pandemic shutdown, the Aga Khan Museum collaborated with Toronto-based visual artist and scientist Radha Chaddah to present her work, IAM on the #MuseumWithoutWalls platform. Act 2 was released on #MuseumWithoutWalls in 2022 as the Museum's first entirely digital exhibition, and Acts 3 and 4 will be presented virtually in the fall of 2023.


The live exclusive world premiere of this performance piece will debut on September 20, 2023.


Watch the teaser below for a sneak preview of this immersive performance.



Following the live performance, the audience will be invited on stage for an interactive light sculpture experience, discovering a change of perspective as they explore the scenography. As they venture around the set, the projected imagery breaks over these uneven forms, covering visitors with the intricate patterns of projected molecules, bodily tissues, and energies.


About IAM


IAM” (ee-yam), Latin for ’now,’ is about perspective. It follows the story of the pandemic through four distinct material realms. Beginning in the molecular realm and ending in the cosmic, IAM explores four very different stories that unfold at each scale. IAM is a performance installation with a ‘stage' made only of projected imagery cast onto trees and grass. Audience members can sit or stand on grass at the edge of the ‘stage' as the dancers play amidst vividly coloured, animated 3D imagery. The immersive visuals take the viewer into a vastly magnified microscopic realm, with projected imagery produced and photographed in laboratories at the University of Toronto. This represents a symbolic re-framing of our relationship with the natural world, reminding us that we are only a small part of the evolutionary narrative of life on Earth.

About Radha Chaddah

Radha Chaddah makes art about invisible realities using light as her primary medium. Her work examines the interconnectedness of our material reality from the micro to the macro. In her studio, she designs large-scale projected light installations for public exhibition, sampling and shooting much of this imagery in laboratories at the University of Toronto. Her photographs and light installations have been exhibited across Canada.


For More Information 


Act 1 - Dance of the Molecules, 2021


Act 2 - Of Body And Mind, 2022



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