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We Can Work It Out
On Monstrosity and Visibility

Short thesis

Artist Morehshin Allahyari works on the intersection of art&activism using 3D scanners and 3D printers as tools of investigation. Researching petropolitical relationships between 3D printing, oil, techno-capitalism, and jihadism or dark goddesses, and monstrous djinn female figures of Middle-Eastern origin, she wants to explore the symbolic meanings behind traditions and myths and speculate on the effects of colonialism and other forms of contemporary oppression.


“I want my work to respond, resist, and criticize the current political and cultural situation that we experience on a daily basis,” she explains. She has achieved wide acclaim for proposing 3D printing technology as a tool both for resistance and documentation.

“Material Speculation: ISIS” is a 3D modeling and 3D printing project focused on the reconstruction of 12 selected (original) artifacts (statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh) that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015. 

#Additivism is a portmanteau of additive and activism: a movement concerned with critiquing ‘radical’ new technologies in fablabs, workshops, and classrooms; at social, ecological, and global scales. 

Her The 3D Additivist Cookbook questions whether it’s possible to change the world without also changing ourselves, and what the implications are of taking a position.