Morehshin Allahyari (b. 1985 in Tehran, Iran) is a media artist, activist, educator, and curator. Her work deals with political, social, and cultural contradictions, documenting personal and collective struggles humans face in this century. Allahyari’s Dark Matter is a series of 3D printed sculptures that form humorous, merged juxtapositions. Underlying the humor, however, is the reality of authoritarianism: the objects chosen (dog, dildo, gun, neck tie, satellite dish, etc.) are representations of things censured by the Iranian government – possession of which puts one at risk of harassment, incurring fines or incarceration. Her Material Speculation: ISIS series uses digital fabrication technology to reconstruct 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.
Allahyari’s work has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops including Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, and Material Mexico City. She has been an artist in residence at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), and BANFF Centre (2013), among others. The many publications featuring her work include The New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Dazed Digital, VICE, Neural Magazine and Al Jazeera. Allahyari is the Co-Founder of the Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk. She is currently a Research Resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York.