Rajni’s work as an artist leans gently but clearly across disciplines, countries and thought structures. She is a quiet voice of change, creating and curating visually engaging performances, interventions and writings that open up spaces for conversation and meeting.
Rajni has been making performances since 1999. From 2005-2012 Rajni worked with a group of other artists to create and tour a trilogy of works exploring moments of cultural identity and alienation: Mr Quiver (2005-2008), Dinner with America (2007-2009), and Glorious (2009-2012). Alongside these larger performance works, Rajni and other members of Rajni Shah Projects created a series of public interventions exploring ideas of gift and conversation. Initially entitled small gifts, this series culminated with two touring pieces made for public spaces: give what you can, take what you need which toured alongside Dinner with America, and Write a Letter to a Stranger which was at the core of Glorious. From 2013 to 2017, Rajni conducted research towards a practice-based PhD at Lancaster University, working with Professor Gerry Harris. As part of her PhD, Rajni led on two projects: Experiments in Listening and Lying Fallow.