Article written by Esther Wambui
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.
Material Speculation: ISIS will be showcased in UT’s Downtown Gallery ((At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)) from October 20 to November22. 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.”