Moreshin Allahyari: The Romantic Self-Exiles

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© Courtesy of the artist and the Chicago Cultural Center
Moreshin Allahyari: The Romantic Self-Exiles

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
September 26th, 2012 - October 31st, 2012
Opening: September 26th, 2012 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Mon-Thu 9-7; Fri-Sat 9-6; Sun 10-6
installation, video-art


A multi-media installation presenting Tehran through the eyes of the artist and her peers.

Opening on September 26 – October 31 on the Center Platform is Morehshin Allahyari: The Romantic Self-Exiles.


In keeping with IOTO artists Mathew Wilson and Adam Brooks overall theme of finding power and beauty in the everyday, new media artist Morehshin Allahyari expresses what is now her ordinary life – that of someone raised in Tehran who left, coming to the U.S. to continue her studies; she now lives in diaspora.  Emotions are questioned as memories are often romanticized for many who leave a past behind.


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 interests encompass 3D animation, digital filmmaking, web-art / design, and performance plus her work involves extensive activity as a curator and producer.  Her practice includes the social, political and cultural issues of Iran, creative writing, art activism, media art, and collaborative art.


The Cultural Center show at IOTO will have a 3D animation piece as well as a multi-media installation. The installation consists of urbanscape made of 20 transparent Plexiglas cubes and Milad tower (the tallest tower in Tehran and new symbol of the city).  Videos are projected on these cubes, pass through and reflect on the three-D model, creating a sense of dream and blurry memories.


“With all the over layered videos, It’s hard to tell what is exactly going on, but one can see the buildings, trees, and lights of the city expanded to walls and ceiling; Like a city with citizens floating in between,” said the artist.