She Who Sees the Unknown: An Interview with Morehshin Allahyari

Researching dark goddesses, monstrous and jinn female figures of Middle-Eastern origin, Morehshin Allahyari’s work for our Media Wall considers the effects of digital colonialism and refiguring as a feminist practice, while devising a narrative through magic and poetic-speculative storytelling, re-appropriation of traditional mythologies, collaging, meshing, scanning, and archiving.

Morehshin Allahyari is an artist born and raised in Iran and now based in the United States. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives and struggles in the 21st century. She is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke, published on December 2016 online in 3DPDF format and in print by the Institute of Networked Cultures. Her modeled, 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS, titled Material Speculation: ISIS, have received widespread curatorial and press attention and have been exhibited worldwide.

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