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AMITIS MOTEVALLI (IRAN|US) is an artist born in Iran who migrated with her family to the US in 1977. Her work explores culture and survival of people living in poverty, conflict and war including personal and family experiences. Through many mediums including, sculpture, video, performance and collaborative public art, her work juxtaposes personal and collective work. There is an unambiguous criticality of state violence, dominance and occupation, while invoking the significance of a secular grass roots struggle. In her most recent work, she has been working internationally with a broad spectrum of transnational Muslims in order to research labor, life and survival across boundaries of class. In the vain of her work focused on pedagogy, she has been collaborating through workshops with young Muslim women who come from places of political and religious conflict to create public art projects.
“This is How the Moon Died”, is taken from the last sentence of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “Victim Number Forty Eight”, about the repercussions of killing a young Palestinian man by Israeli police.
Through collaboration with families, friends and organizations affected, Amitis Motevalli has documented people killed in Illinois by law enforcement with a one year span from May of 2014 – the date of the performance. Motevalli will fly one kite with a portrait of each person killed to reflect on the life beyond state violence and the life each of these people lived, rather than the way they have been killed.