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Artist, activist, and educator Morehshin Allahyari, who has used 3D printing to reconstruct artifacts destroyed by ISIS, will visit UT to lecture and display some of her work.

Priest with Eagle
Priest with Eagle, by Morehshin Allahyari. This 3-D printed replica of a statue destroyed by Isis is part of the exhibit Material Speculation: ISIS.

Allahyari will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19, in McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Material Speculation: ISIS will be showcased in UT’s Downtown Gallery from October 20 to November 22. The exhibit includes 12 3D printed replicas of statues from the Roman period city of Hatra and Assyrian artifacts from Nineveh that were destroyed by ISIS in 2015.

Material Speculation: ISIS creates a practical and political possibility for artifact archival, while also proposing 3D printing technology as a tool both for resistance and documentation,” the artist’s website explains. “It intends to use 3D printing as a process for repairing history and memory.”

Allahyari was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. In 2016, she received the leading global thinkers award by Foreign Policy magazine for this exhibition.

Allahyari’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Wired, and on National Public Radio and Al Jazeera. Her work has been showcased in exhibitions, at festivals, and in museums around the world.


Ellen Orner, School of Art, (865-974-3407,