Morehshin Allahyari explores the intersection of art and activism with computer modeling, 3D scanning and digital fabrication techniques. The Tehran-born media artist, activist, educator, and curator is inspired by concepts of collective archiving, memory, and contradiction. Her sculptures and videos challenge social and gender norms by responding to, resisting and criticizing contemporary culture and politics.
Currently Allahyari is developing a new body of work called ‘She Who Sees the Unknown’, which examines digital colonialism and ‘re-figuring’ as a feminist and de-colonialist practice. Researching female monsters, so-called jinn and dark goddesses of Middle-Eastern origin, Allahyari devises narratives through practices of magic and poetic-speculative storytelling, as well as re-appropriating traditional mythologies, collaging, meshing, scanning, and archiving. The development of the project is supported by a joint commission from The Whitney Museum of Art, Liverpool Biennale, and FACT, as well as a 2018 Rhizome Commission.
As of October 2018