Rahel Aima will write a linked series of in-depth experimental essays that considers questions of hue, technology, and materiality in contemporary art. Aima’s research investigates the fleshy politics that undergird the digital realm’s persistent techno-optimism, particularly as it plays out in the Global South. Color, in Aima’s writing, becomes a way to think through these lingering politics of race and empire while also considering the humid, sticky petro-derived materiality of our current moment.

Rahel Aima is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn whose research focuses on art, color, and emergent technologies. Her writing has appeared in 4Columns, AQNB, the Architectural Review, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, Art in America, artnet, ArtReview Asia, the Atlantic, Bandcamp, Bidoun, Bookforum, Brownbook, CANVAS, the Creators Project, Document Journal, e-flux Architecture, Elephant, Flash Art, Frame, Foam Magazine, frieze, GARAGE Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Ibraaz, LEAP, Mark, Momus, Mousse, the New Inquiry, the New Republic, the Outline, the Red Hook Journal, Real Life, TANK Magazine, Vogue Arabia, and World Policy Journal, among others. She grew up in Dubai and graduated with a degree in anthropology from Columbia University. She is currently a special projects editor at the New Inquiry and a contributing editor at Momus, and was the founding editor of THE STATE, an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to language, futurity, and the Global South.