Ava Ansari (she/her/they/them)
is a third-wave Iranian immigrant performance artist, curator, educator, and community organizer based in Detroit. She works with her body, language, network technologies, and communities to cultivate transnational celebratory memories. Ava is the founding director of Poetic Societies, a global Curatorial & Performance Lab for ancestral and digital healing of self, land, and senses of belonging.
Ava’s choreographic, linguistic, musical, and institutional compositions aim to circulate empathy, knowledge, and wisdom among distant communities. She is a leading figure in telepresence pedagogy and multilocational performance art production. Her first telepresence project, The Back Room, was a collaboration with Molly Kleiman that was initiated in 2010.
Ava has presented her work at Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), Good Lab (Detroit), The Arab American National Museum (Dearborn), The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) (Baton Rouge), The International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) (Dubai), The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), La MaMa Experimental Theater (NYC), Eyebeam Art+Technology Center (Brooklyn), and Dixon Place (NYC).
She was a finalist of Knight Arts Arts Challenge 2019, recipient of MAP Fund 2018 and Doris Duke Foundation "Building Bridges" Grant of 2013.
Ava has an MA in ArtsPolitics from the Tisch School for the Arts of New York University and a BA in Public Relations & Journalism from the Communication School of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran.
She has worked in numerous contemporary arts management roles in the US and SWANA since 2007.