Morehshin Allahyari

Morehshin Allayhari, Material Speculation: ISIS, Gorgon, 2016. Image courtesy the artist

Morehshin Allayhari, Material Speculation: ISIS, Gorgon, 2016. Image courtesy the artist

Morehshin Allahyari (b. 1985, Tehran, Iran) lives and works in New York, USA. Allahyari is an artist, activist, and educator. Her work deals with the political, social and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology both as a philosophical tool to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective life struggles in the 21st century. Her modelled, 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artefacts destroyed by ISIS, titled Material Speculation: ISIS, have received widespread curatorial and press attention and have been exhibited worldwide. 

For Liverpool Biennial 2018, Allahyari will showcase a new online commission. 

She is the recipient of Foreign Policy magazine’s Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 award, the Digital Sculpture 2016 award from the Institute of Digital Art, NYU's La Guardia Studio visiting scholar grant (2017) and Rhizome's 2018 commission. Her work has been shown at the Queens Museum, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Venice Biennale di Archittectura, Italy; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, among many others.

Morehshin Allahyari’s project is co-commissioned with FACT and Whitney Museum of American Art

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