Morehshin Allahyari

Parlor Room Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Saturday, November 04, 6:00 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 1307
United States

Morehshin Allahyari (b. 1985 in Tehran, Iran) uses computer modeling and digital fabrication techniques to create artworks that explore the intersection of art and activism. Inspired by concepts of collective archiving and memory, Allahyari's 3D printed sculptures and digital videos challenge social norms and cultural contradictions. "I want my work to respond to and resist and criticize the current political and cultural situation that we experience on a daily basis," she explains. Allahyari's Material Speculation: ISIS, a digital fabrication project that inspects petropolitical and poetic relationships between 3D printing, oil, techno-capitalism and jihadism, reconstructs 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.