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Morehshin Allahyari (born 1985) is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and cultural curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her practice is grounded in questions of political and cultural contradictions that we face every day. As a citizen of Iran and resident of the United States, she looks for a mutually constitutive relationship of politics, people, and places through the use of digital technologies, narrative, and social practice. Morehshin has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and workshops in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, North and South America.
She has presented her work and creative research in various conferences and universities including TED conference, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, CAA conference, Open Engagement, Prospectives ’12 International Festival of Digital Art, and Currents New Media among others. Her work has been featured in Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Neural, Huffington Post, NPR, Parkett Art Magazine, Art Actuel magazine, BBC Persia and VOA live, among others.
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Curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Willa Köerner from within Gray Area Cultural Incubator, ‘Chatrooms’ provide online and offline spaces for discussion about making, exhibiting, collecting, and conserving digital art. Highlighting both local and international artists, the series shines a spotlight on the expanding opportunities and nuanced conditions experienced by artists pushing the boundaries of computer-enabled artwork.