Morehshin Allahyari

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.

The Armory Show preview: Morehshin Allahyari, Booth F12

The Armory Show preview: Morehshin Allahyari, Booth F12

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.

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