"She Who Sees the Unknown: Huma" is a solo exhibition by Morehshin Allahyari and includes 3D printed sculptures, text, moving image and a research archive that takes the form of a public reading room. The exhibition is on view June 1 through June 24, 2017. The opening reception takes place during the First Thursday art walk on June 1 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The artist, currently a Research Fellow at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, will attend remotely via video chat. The exhibition and events are free to attend.
Morehshin Allahyari's "She Who Sees the Unknown," originally presented at Transfer Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) earlier this year, is the culmination of two years of research rooted in "re-figuring" dark goddesses, Jinn and monstrous female figures from Middle Eastern mythologies. Through poetic-speculative storytelling, 3D printing, animating and archiving, Allahyari explores the causes and speculates on the effects of digital colonialism and other forms of contemporary oppression. Of her process and intent, Morehshin says:
I use computer modeling and digital fabrication techniques to create artworks that explore the intersection of art and activism. I want my work to respond to, resist and criticize the current political and cultural situations that we experience on a daily basis.
Morehshin Allahyari (b. 1985 in Tehran, Iran) is a media artist, activist, educator, and curator. Allahyari has earned wide acclaim for her series Material Speculation: ISIS, which explores 3D printing as a tool for cultural preservation and activism. The numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops presenting her work and scholarship include MARTa Herford (Germany), Centre Pompidou (France), Transmediale (Germany), Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Pori Museum (Finland), Dallas Museum of Art and many others.
Allahyari’s exhibition is the first in a series of three successive solo presentations of media art by women artists. Brenna Murphy’s Axis Spread (June 28 through July 22, 2017) and Katie Torn’s Low Tide (July 26 through August 19, 2017) will follow. These exhibitions culminate in a collaborative presentation of work by all three artists from August 23 through September 2, 2017. Visit upforgallery.com/future for more information.
About Upfor: Founded in 2013, Upfor presents contemporary art from emerging and established artists working in digital and other mediums. The gallery is located at 929 NW Flanders Street, Portland, Oregon 97209. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and by appointment. For more information about our programming, please visit upforgallery.com.