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:
She Who Sees the Unknown
Morehsin Allahyari discusses two major projects for National Geographic's Genius, Material Speculation: ISIS and She Who Sees the Unknown. Material Speculation works have exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, France; Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Germany and Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia. Upfor recently presented the first three from a planned series of twelve She Who Sees figures at the Armory Show in New York.
Morehshin Allahyari’s She Who Sees The Unknown recontextualizes goddesses and female Jinn of Persian and Arabic origin. Using scanning, 3D printing, video and archiving as tools of investigation, the artist explores ancient myths as they relate to digital colonialism, oppression and catastrophe.Read More