Morehshin Allahyari (b. 1985 in Tehran, Iran) is a media artist, activist, educator, and curator. Her work explores political and cultural contradictions through the lens of Middle Eastern and colonial history and modern techno-utopianism. Her Material Speculation: ISIS series uses digital fabrication technology to reconstruct artifacts destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The project has achieved wide acclaim for proposing 3D printing technology as a tool both for resistance and documentation. Dark Matter is a series of 3D printed sculptures that form humorous, merged juxtapositions. Underlying the humor, however, is the reality of authoritarianism: the objects chosen (dog, dildo, gun, neck tie, satellite dish, etc.) are representations of things censured by the Iranian government – possession of which puts one at risk of harassment, incurring fines or incarceration.
Allahyari’s work has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops including Centre Pompidou in Paris, MCA Montreal, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, and Material Mexico City. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF Centre and Research Resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. Many publications have featured Allahyari’s work including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, National Geographic, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Dazed Digital, VICE, Neural Magazine and Al Jazeera. She was named a Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy in 2016 and a "must-see" artist at the 2018 Armory Show by The New York Times. Allahyari received her MFA at the University of North Texas, MA at University of Denver and her BA at the University of Tehran, Iran. She is co-creator of the 3D Additivist Manifesto and subsequent 3D Additivist Cookbook.
Allahyari is currently an artist in residence at Pioneer Works and recently debuted The Laughing Snake, a hypertext narrative co-commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Liverpool Biennial and FACT Liverpool, on view through October 28, 2018.