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ماه طلعت / Moon-faced

ماه طلعت / Moon-faced
Morehshin Allahyari

Morehshin Allahyari

Morehshin Allahyari uses AI to generate a series of videos from the Qajar Dynasty painting archive. The machine program learns to paint new genderless portraits, undoing and repairing a history of Westernization that ended nonbinary gender representation in the Persian visual culture.

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June 28th 2022 | 15:00

ماه طلعت / Moon-faced

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The Artist

Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian-Kurdish artist who uses 3D simulation, video, sculpture, and digital fabrication as tools to re-figure myth and history.

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The Story

In ancient Persian literature, ماه طلعت (Moon-faced) was a genderless adjective used to define beauty in both men and women. In contemporary Iran, it refers to the beauty of women only.

In the world of images, something similar happened to the Qajar dynasty portrait paintings: the modernization of Iran, the influence of the European tradition of realistic painting, and the use of camera technology and therefore photography as a model, overshadowed and ended the queer representation of genders that historically characterized these paintings, largely known for their gender-undifferentiation.

For her project, “ماه طلعت Moon-faced”, Allahyari uses a carefully researched and chosen series of keywords with a multimodal AI model to generate a series of videos from the Qajar Dynasty painting archive (1786-1925). Through this collaboration, the machine program learns to paint new genderless portraits, in the effort to undo and repair a history of Westernization that ended the course of nonbinary gender representation in the Persian visual culture. The music in this video was composed by Mani Nilchiani.

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