Morehshin Allahyari


A person with shoulder-length dark brown hair gazes at the camera against a backdrop of blue sky and blurred trees. She has a nose ring and wears a light, white jacket.

Morehshin Allahyari (Persian: موره شین اللهیاری‎) is a New York-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, Allahyari's work weaves together complex counternarratives in opposition to the lasting influence of Western technological colonialism in the context of the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been presented at the New Museum, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale di Architecture, and Museum für Angewandte Kunst and is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, and the Current Museum. Allahyari is a recipient of the 2021 United States Artists Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, Sundance Institute New Frontier International Fellowship, and the Leading Global Thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy magazine.