Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, writer, and educator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives and struggles in the 21st century. Morehshin is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke.

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, Pori Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and Museum für Angewandte Kunst. 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), the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin (2016), Eyebeam’s one year Research Residency (2016-2017) in NYC, Pioneer Works (2018), and Harvest Works (2018). Her work has been featured in 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, and the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her 3D Additivist Manifesto video is in the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and recently she has been awarded major commissions by The Shed, Rhizome, New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Liverpool Biennale, and FACT.

 

EDUCATION  

The University of North Texas, Master of Fine Arts in New Media Art

The University of Denver, Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies

The University of Tehran, Bachelor of Arts, in Social Science and Media Studies

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2021  United States Artists Fellowship Award, Media category

2020 Digital Rapid Response Fellowship, Eyebeam, New York, USA

2019  Denniston Hill Residency, Catskill, New York, USA

2019 The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant 

2019 The Sundance Institute New Frontier International Fellowship, Sundance Film Festival

2019 Commission for Kabous from The Shed, Manual Override exhibition curated by Nora Khan

2018 Commission for The Laughing Snake from The Whitney Museum of American Art, Liverpool Biennial and FACT Liverpool

2018  Rhizome Commission for Physical Tactics for Digital Colonialism, New Museum, New York, USA

2018 Commission for The 3D Additivist Manifesto, SFMOMA Collection 

2018 Visual Arts Residency, Harvest Works, New York, USA

2018  Art and Technology Residency, Pioneer Works, New York, USA

2017 FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK

2017 Sculpture Award, Institute of Digital Art, Germany

2017 Visiting Scholar Grant, The LaGuardia Studio, New York University         

2016 The Download, Rhizome Commission, Rhizome Foreign Policy’s 2016 Global Thinkers award, Washington DC

2016 - 2017 Research Residency, Eyebeam, New York, NY

2016 Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research, Berlin, Germany

2016  #Additivism Artist Residency, Co:Lab, Auckland University of Technology, USA

2015 The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University

2015  Pier9 Art Program (3D printing + sculpture), AUTODESK

2015 Special Award, Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy

2014 Awesome Without Borders Grant, The Harnisch Foundation

2014 Gray Area Art and Technology, San Francisco, USA

2014 3D Software and Printing Residency, SculptCad, Dallas, TX

2013 Film and Media Residency, Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada

2013 The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough award, Dallas Museum of Art

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Majlis al-Jinn, Fragment gallery, New York, USA

2021 She Who Sees The Unknown: Kabous, Olivier francois galerie, Dallas, USA

2020 Horizontal Vertigo: Films by Morehshin Allahyari, Cinema of the JSC Düsseldorf, Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany 

2019 She Who Sees the Unknown, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

2019 Dead Drops, College of Fine Arts building, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

2018 She Who Sees the Unknown, The Armory Show (FOCUS), presented by Upfor, New York, USA

2018 Futurisms, Kampnagel - K4, Hamburg, Germany

2018 She Who Sees The Unknown: Huma, Museum of Ulm, Stuttgart, Germany

2017 Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

2017 She Who Sees The Unknown, Upfor, Portland, USA

2017 Solid State Mythologies, Mahoney Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA

2017 On the Far Side of the Marchlands, Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin, Germany 

2016 She Who Sees The Unknown, Transfer Gallery, New York, USA

2016 Everything in Between, Verge Center for the Arts

2016 Material Speculation, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada

2015 Material Speculation:ISIS/Download Series (King Uthal), Rhizome (commission)

2015 Dark Matter (c. Kimmo Modig and Jesse Jussi Koitela), Such Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2015 The 3D Additivist Manifesto, World Premiere, Transfer Gallery, New York, USA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Mindbombs, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

2021 Tech/Know/Future: From Slang to Structure, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

2021 Present Continuous Pasts, Museum of Contemporary Art Pino Pascali, Bari, Italy

2021 Oh, Museum, Cement Fondu, Paddington, Australia 

2021 Data Fiction, Cairotronica Festival, Cairo Egypt

2021 Spatial Affairs, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary 

2021 Unquiet Objects, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, USA

2021 Resist! The Art of Resistance, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany

2021 Social Distancing – Virtual Bonding, CIVA Festival, Vienna, Austria

2020 She Who Is Watching, Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2020 Afterglow, Yokohama Triennale 2020, Yokohama, Japan

2020 24 of 84, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany

2020 Rhizomatic Spell (c. Eva Skopalová), Kvalitar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic             

2020 Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections, MSU Broad Museum

2020 Where Do You Want Ghosts to Reside?, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2019 Manual Override (c. Nora Khan), The Shed, New York, USA

2019 Beyond Geographies: Contemporary Art and Muslim Experience, Gallery at BRIC House, New York, USA

2019 Utopian Imagination, The Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, USA

2019 The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics, Peeler Art Center, Depauw University, Greencastle, USA

2019 What Remains, Imperial War Museum, London, UK

2019 Computer Grrls, MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2019 Quid est Veritas?, Annka Kultys Gallery, London, UK

2019 Apocalypse, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, USA

2019 Tomorrows, Festival Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, Paris, France

2019 Memory and Place, Gould Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

2019 Computer Grrls, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France

2019 Refiguring Binaries, Pioneer Works, New York, NY

2019 Refiguring the Future, REFRESH, presented by Eyebeam, 205 Hudson Gallery, New York, USA

2019 Speculative Cultures: A Virtual Reality Exhibition, The New School, New York, USA

2019 The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics, New Museum, New York, USA

2019 Re-Figure-Ground (c. Kelani Nichole), arebyte, London City Island, UK

2019 Translation of Complexity, sound:frame at Aa Collections, Vienna, Austria 

2018 Computer Grrls, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany

2018 A World Without Us, Impakt Center for Media Culture, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2018 Agency (c. James Bridle), Nome Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2018 En Fuyant, Ils Cherchent une Arme 3/3, Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France

2018 Plastic Entanglements, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, USA

2018 Beautiful World Where Are You?, Liverpool Biennial 2018, FACT, Liverpool, UK

2018 Colleagues Wanted I, Alpha Nova Galerie Futura, Berlin, Germany 

2018 Refiguring the Future Performance Series: Breaching Towards Other Futures, The Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA

2018 DiMoDA 3.0: Talismans (74L15M4N5) + Mind Body Dualism (MND//BDY), 3LD, New York, USA

2018 La technologia somos nosotrxs, Contemporary Art Center of Quito, Ecuador

2018 This Site is Under Revolution, Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, MMOMA, Moscow, Russia 

2018 Do you Want to Quit? Intimacy, Site, Self, University of California, Irvine, USA

2018 Statues Also Die, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

2017 Open Codes: Living in Digital Worlds, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

2017 Archeonauts, Galerie Charlot, Tel Aviv, Israel

2017 Neotopia: Data and Humanity, Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South Korea

2017 NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Dundee, Scotland

2017 Contemporary Ruins, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, C. Julia Höner and Ludwig Seyfarth,  Düsseldorf, Germany 

2017 Non-Compliant Futures, Sight & Sound 2017, Eastern Bloc, Montreal

2017 Haunted Machines and Wicked Problems, Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

2017 Materializing the Internet, MU artspace, Eindhoven, Netherlands

2017 Futureproof, Hurford Center at Haverford College, Haverford, USA

2017 Designing Desire, FACT Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2017 Forever Fornever, Edward Mitchell Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, USA

2017 Digital Design Weekend, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

2017 Alien Matter, Haus der Kulturen der Welt + Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany 

2017 Suspended Territories, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany

2017 The World Without Us, Galerija Vžigalica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2017 Mutations-Créations: Imprimer le monde, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2017 Tomorrows: Urban fictions for possible futures, Diplareios School, Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece

2017 Archeonauts, Galerie Charlot, Paris, France

2017 How much of this is fiction., FACT Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2017 How much of this is fiction., Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Switzerland

2017 Iconoclastic, Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, USA

2017 As if. The media artist as trickster, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 Hacking / Modding / Remixing as feminist protest, Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

2016 Missed Connection, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany

2016 A World of Fragile Parts, Venice Biennale, 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy

2016 Hybrids, Ars Electronica Linz, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

2016 For Play, MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2016 Out of Hand; Materializing the Digital, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney, Australia

2016 Dance with flARmingos, Queens International, Queens Museum, New York, USA

2016 The Missing: Rebuilding the Past, The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, New York, USA

2016 Archive Fever: Future Imaginings of Things Past, B4bel4b Gallery, Oakland, USA

2015 X+1, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montréal, Québec

2015 Nietzsche was a Man, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland 

2015 Material Girl, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

2014 Sympathy for the Devil, Hello Project Gallery + Semigloss Magazine, Houston, USA

2014 CIPHER: REFRACTION (c. Giselle Zatonyl), CultureHub, New York, USA

2014 Click Click Click, Whitebox Gallery, New York, USA

2014 Theory of Survival, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2014 Bitrates, Daralhokoomeh Project, Shiraz Art House, Shiraz, Iran

2014 Dark Matter, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

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