Morehshin Allahyari: She Who Sees the Unknown
24 May to 25 August 2019

Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery

Curated by John G. Hampton

She Who Sees the Unknown is a new body of work by New York-based Iranian artist Morehshin Allahyari that creates a space for reverence towards the “monstrous other” in an age of digital colonialism. This new media installation consists of three shrines to female and non-binary Jinn (dark goddesses colloquially known as “genies”) of Middle- Eastern origin. Allahyari creates these spaces through practices of magic and poetic-speculative storytelling, re-appropriation of traditional mythologies, collaging, meshing, 3D scanning/3D Printing, and archiving to explore acts of “re-figuring” as a feminist/activist artistic practice.

This exclusive exhibition at the MacKenzie will include three installations: Huma, Aisha Qandisha, and The Laughing Snake. Alongside these three installations, the MacKenzie will be displaying the first stages of Allahyari’s growing archive of dark goddesses and Jinn figures in a research-oriented “reading room.” Since no such archive currently exists, Allahyari is undergoing active research with collaborators and first hand texts and objects, which will eventually be compiled into a book that will be freely distributed through a web archive.

The MacKenzie Art Gallery acknowledges with appreciation the support of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, City of Regina, University of Regina and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.