Experience The Laughing Snake: Morehshin Allahyari's new hypertext narrative

The latest installment in Morehshin Allahyari's ongoing series, She Who Sees the Unknown, is a hypertext narrative titled The Laughing Snake. Like other works in the series, Allahyari draws inspiration from and refigures powerful, monstrous female characters from Middle Eastern mythologies to reflect on contemporary issues. The Whitney Museum of American Art, whose website hosts the project, writes:

Using images of the snake and the mirror, Allahyari takes us though a labyrinthine online narrative that mixes personal and imagined stories to address topics such as femininity, sexual abuse, morality, and hysteria. The snake emerges as a complex figure, reflecting multifaceted and sometimes distorted views of the female, and refracting images of otherness and monstrosity.

The Laughing Snake was co-commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Liverpool Biennial and FACT.