Artist, activist, writer and educator, Morehshin Allahyari’s work questions current political, socio-cultural and gender norms, with a particular emphasis on exploring the relationship between technology and art activism.
Morehshin Allahyari’s artworks include 3D-printed objects, video, experimental animation, web art and publications. She is most noted for her projects Material Speculation: ISIS (2016), which is a series of 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artefacts destroyed by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) during the Syrian crisis in the years 2015 to 2016, and The 3D Additivist Manifesto and Cookbook (2015–2016). As a 2017 Research Resident at Eyebeam, Allahyari also worked on a project about Digital Colonialism; a term she has coined in 2015.
Born 1975 in Tehran, Allahyari currently lives and works in New York. She attended the University of Tehran from 2003 until 2007, gaining her BA in Social Science and Media Studies, before moving to the United States. From 2007 until 2009 she attended the University of Denver, receiving an MA in Digital Media Studies. Between 2010 and 2012 Allahyari attended the University of North Texas, gaining her MFA in New Media Art. The artist joined Annka Kultys in 2020.
Allahyari has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals and workshops around the world including at the Venice Biennale di Archittectura, the New Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Tate Modern, Queens Museum, Pori Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF Centre (2013), Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin (2016), Eyebeam’s one year Research Residency (2016-2017) in New York, Pioneer Works (2018) and Harvest Works (2018).
She is the recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters & Sculptors Grant (2019), The Sundance Institute’s New Frontier International Fellowship and the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her 3D Additivist Manifesto video is in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and recently she has been awarded major commissions by The Shed, Rhizome, the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Liverpool Biennale and FACT.
PAST SHOWS AT ANNKA KULTYS GALLERY
11 JULY – 21 SEPTEMBER 2019
AES+F, Morehshin Allahyari, Imre Bak, CrocodilePower, Simon Denny, Eva and Franco Mattes, Joseph Kosuth, Olia Lialina, Signe Pierce, Timur Si-Qin, Theo Triantafyllidis
Curated by Anton Svyatsky