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Kali
When we think of powerful goddesses, the names of Athena, Artemis, Isis, or Kali may come to mind. Much less known, however, particularly to the Western world, are the names of such female figures of Middle-Eastern origin (those of ancient Egypt are a unique exception). This gap in knowledge arrives largely from the lack of easy accessibility to the traditional texts that document and illustrate these goddesses, many of which are written in Arabic or Farsi and are not well-known or distributed online. Attempting to close this gap is new media artist Morehshin Allahyari, whose developing body of work is asserting the roles of these forgotten figures through a feminist narrative that rights our crumbling world.

Allahyari is researching these goddesses while in residency at Eyebeam, and a solo exhibition at TRANSFER gallery in Brooklyn offers a glimpse of her progress and what is to come. She Who Sees the Unknown is an absorbing, exciting preview of how she harnesses overlooked myth to topple contemporary power imbalances between East and West; between men and women. Her research will eventually result in an army of about a dozen 3D-printed female jinns, each accompanied with associated talismans, also 3D-printed. In defiance to conventions of the female, she is focusing on sinister figures, celebrating their strength and unrelenting control.

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I must say, you can play. I love your style. Soul Power

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ooooooh my jesus~

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