Doroud!
I am an antidisciplinary social art practitioner. I practice celebration and connect distant communities—more.


Ava Ansari is a third-wave Iranian immigrant, multidisciplinary social art practitioner. She creates as a  movement and performance artist, curator, producer, educator, and community organizer. She works with her body, language, new media, and institutions as material to create transnational celebratory spaces for collective healing. Her choreographic, linguistic, musical compositions, and radical celebrations aim to cultivate empathy among distant communities.

Ava is the founding director of The Iranian American Museum (IAM) and Poetic Societies Curatorial & Performance Lab. She is a recipient of MAP Fund 2018 and Doris Duke Foundation "Building Bridges" Grant of 2013.


As an artist, Ava has presented her work at The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME); The International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA); The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), La MaMa Experimental Theater, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, and Dixon Place among others.

As an organizer, Ava has worked in numerous management roles with international art spaces, museums, universities, and grassroots initiatives across the U.S. and SWANA since 2007. 


Ava has an MA in ArtsPolitics  from the Tisch School for the Arts of the New York University and a BA in Public Relations and Journalism from the Communication School of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran.








PERFORMANCE
NEW MEDIA
PARTICIPATORY
SOCIAL  ART

NETWORKED TECHNOLOGIES

EXPERIMENTAL & MULTIMEDIA POETRY

CROSS-CULTURAL & CROSS-DISCIPLINE CURATORIAL

TELEPRESENCE TRANS-NATIONAL PEDAGOGY

GLOBAL COLLECTIVES
CONTEMPORARY ART ADVISORY 

MULTI-LOCATIONAL PRODUCTIONS
CELEBRATORY SITE-SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS
LIVING INSTALLATIONS

EMPATHY CULTIVATION
CELEBRATION

HOSTING
BRIDGING
SERVING
HEALING