Invoking the Past, Illuminating the Present: Cultural Narratives and Decoloniality in Contemporary Art; Episode 1 Morehshin Allahyari

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Join interdisciplinary artists Morehshin Allahyari, Yasmine Nasser Diaz, and Wally Dion, in conversation with artist-curator, Jude Abu Zaineh.

In an era of rapid change, these artists bridge the gap between the past and the present, using their creative talents to interpret, critique, and celebrate the diverse tapestry of stories that have molded societies around the globe using various analog and digital technologies. Their artworks are not mere representations but are dialogues – conversations that beckon audiences to reflect, engage, and reimagine within feminist, decolonial discourse.

Join us for a 3-episode mini-series of stimulating discussions where art meets history, and where the past is not just remembered, but relived and re-evaluated. Discover how these artists, through their unique lenses, challenge cultural narratives, bringing to the fore vital stories that are often overlooked, misunderstood, or forgotten in the contemporary art landscape.

TUESDAYS, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 2023, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST) – Please join us for this virtual series of vital presentations followed by brief question and answer sessions. Each presentation is free to the public.

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Tuesday Nov. 7 Episode 1: MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI

Morehshin Allahyari (Persian: موره شین اللهیاری ), is a NY based Iranian-Kurdish artist using 3D simulation, video, sculpture, and digital fabrication as tools to re-figure myth and history. Through archival practices and storytelling, her work weaves together complex counternarratives in opposition to the lasting influence of Western technological colonialism in the context of MENA (Middle East and North Africa). Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Venice Biennale di Archittectura, New Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pompidou Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Tate Modern, Queens Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art. She has been an artist in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco, the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin, Eyebeam’s one year Research Residency, Pioneer Works, and Harvest Works. Her work has been featured in Art21, The New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, Wired, National Public Radio, Parkett Art Magazine, Frieze, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Al Jazeera, among others. She is the recipient of The United States Artist Fellowship (2021), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2019), The Sundance Institute New Frontier International Fellowship (2019), and the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her artworks are in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Current Museum.

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