The Art of Allowed and Forbidden, Morehshin Allahyari


As the number of artists and political activists grow among the Iranian diaspora, the question of the compromise of the artist becomes one of great importance and a personal dilemma among many Iranian contemporary artists. The issue of censorship (imposed by the government and society) and self-censorship (imposed by the artist to avoid conflict with the government and society) continues to be a challenge; a challenge for both the pre and post immigration life of the Iranian artists.

As an artist, activist, and practitioner, Morehshin Allahyari is invested in exploring the above topics and concerns in her art projects using hers and her generation’s daily life inside and outside of Iran as the point of departure.

Morehshin Allahyari
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist and an art activist. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her creative and research interest encompasses experimental 3D animation, digital filmmaking, installation, performance and extensive activity as a cultural curator. Coming from a social science background, the topics of her practice include political and social art, creative writing, art activism, and collaborative art. Morehshin’s animated films and curatorial projects have received worldwide acclaim. She has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, and conferences in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, North and South America. She recently recieved the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough award from Dallas Museum of Art and was an artist in residence at the Film and Media program at the Banff Centre in summer of 2013. Morehshin is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Art and Technology department at the University of Texas in Dallas.

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