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.
EXPERIMENTAL & MULTIMEDIA POETRY
CROSS-CULTURAL & CROSS-DISCIPLINE CURATORIAL
TELEPRESENCE TRANS-NATIONAL PEDAGOGY
CONTEMPORARY ART ADVISORY
CELEBRATORY SITE-SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS