Morehshin Allahyari

The New York Times highlights two exhibitions featuring Morehshin Allahyari

The New York Times article "New York Art Galleries: What to See Right Now," highlights concurrent exhibitions Refiguring the Future at 205 Hudson Gallery (through March 31) and Refiguring Binaries at Pioneer Works (through April 21).

The only artist in both exhibitions is Morehshin Allahyari, with pieces from her project ‘She Who Sees the Unknown’ (2017-present). Ms. Allahyari researches female monsters and dark goddesses from Middle Eastern cultures and recasts their supposedly negative powers as sources of strength in poetic, multimedia artworks. Her process, which she calls ‘refiguring,’ encapsulates the ethos driving nearly all the artists in these shows. Instead of using technology to chase after the new, why not look to what we have and what we’ve neglected as a means of reconsidering how the world could be?
— Jillian Steinhauer for The New York Times

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.

Plastic Entanglements to travel to Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in September

Plastic Entanglements, which includes work by Morehshin Allahyari from her Material Speculation: ISIS series, is in its final days at Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. But mark your calendars: it’s traveling to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon later this year, opening September 22, 2018.

Images courtesy the Palmer Museum of Art.

Morehshin Allahyari featured by National Geographic's Genius

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.