Yasi Alipour

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay street, 720

Yasi Alipour, As Dreams Became History (2019). Paper And Folding, 64 x 41 in.

Yasi Alipour uses text and intricately folded pieces of paper to elucidate counternarratives about Iran, specifically the country’s 1979-89 revolution and relationship with the US. In her series “As Dreams Become History,” for example, Alipour asked friends living in the Iranian diaspora and born after the revolution to share second-hand memories of that decade shared by family and older friends. These texts she paired with sheets of paper printed with black ink and then folded into geometric tessellations referencing Islamic geometric abstraction. Her research-based practice spans sculpture, installation, performance, drawing, writing, lectures, and experimentation and probes personal history to parse issues around political instability and interrupted histories. Her artistic practice is founded on the lived experience of a Middle Eastern queer woman and a citizen with a politically unhinged society and an interrupted history.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.