She Who Sees the Unknown
through January 7th, 2017
TRANSFER is pleased to present ‘She Who Sees The Unknown’ a new solo exhibition from Morehshin Allahyari.
She who saw all things in the broad-boned earth and beyond
and knew what was to be known
In her city, there was no ‘outside’, yet doors remained open and unlocked
Text from the video ‘She Who Sees The Unknown: HUMA’ (2016).
SHE WHO SEES THE UNKNOWN is a new body of work from Morehshin Allahyari on Digital Colonialism and ‘re-Figuring’ as a Feminism and activism practice using 3D scanners and 3D printers as her tools of investigation. Researching dark goddesses, monstrous, and djinn female figures of Middle-Eastern origin, Allahyari devises a narrative through practices of magic and poetic-speculative storytelling, re-appropriation of traditional mythologies, collaging, meshing, scanning, and archiving. The exhibition launches concurrently with the start of the artist’s one year research residency at Eyebeam where Allahyari will continue her investigation through public events, creating figures, speculative archival and writing methods and ceremonial 3D printing/scanning exercises.
In order to move beyond a simple binary view of West vs Islam / tech-future vs religious-history, Allahyari looks to forgotten, misrepresented, and suppressed histories and narratives. If the Jihadists express their power by performatively destroying the past and flattening the earth and the power of tech-utopian westerners over heritage is expressed through digital technologies that allow them to reclaim and colonize objects before and after they are destroyed, Allahyari’s project offers a third method to re-situate power and remark history and ownership.
“My work undermines the uneven economics of Western technocolonialism and the performative rhetoric of Islamic fundamentalism, through a ficto-feminist-figural expression of power. I seek to makes visible the invisible power relationships emerging from the age of ‘The War On Terror’, current fashionable acts of cultural reconstruction, and the ownership/economics of 3D scanned data through a research-based practice and public engagement.
‘She Who Sees the Unknown’ includes new 3D sculptures, text, moving image and a public research program that takes the shape of a reading room and online public archive.
A full inventory of work from ’She Who Sees the Unknown’ is available from the gallery. Please inquire with the firstname.lastname@example.org to request information.
ABOUT THE ARTIST///
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic mean to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century.
Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Queens Museum, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Miami Art fair, and Material Art fair. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF Centre (2013),Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), and the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin -in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke– (2016).
Her work has been featured in NYTimes, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, Parkett Art Magazine, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera among others.