I am an artist, curator, educator, and community organizer based in Detroit. I practice celebration and cultivate transnational celebratory memories—more.



Ava Ansari (She/her/they/them) is a third-wave Iranian immigrant transmedia artist, curator, educator, and community organizer. Ava works with her body, language, telepresence and networked technologies, and institutions as material across cultural and geographical borders.

Her choreographic, linguistic, musical, institutional, and telematic compositions aim to cultivate empathy and circulate tactics and strategies for survival against structural violence among marginalized communities across great distances.

Ava tends to shift the ways that media and instruments are typically used and is fascinated by poetic media implication and policy construction. Her social commitment is the creation of transnational celebratory memories for which she founded Poetic Societies, a global curatorial agency and performance lab for ancestral and digital healing of self, land, and senses of belonging.

Ava has presented her work at Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), Good Lab (Detroit), The Arab American National Museum (Dearborn), CultureHub (NYC), 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) among others.

She has an MA in Arts and Public Policy from The New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a focus on multicultural and multilocational social art practice and pedagogy and a BA in Media Studies from Allameh Tabataba’i University School of Communication in her hometown, Tehran.

Ava has lived in Tehran, Dubai, New York, Detroit, and Dearborn, MI. She has served in numerous contemporary arts curatorial and educational community-oriented management roles in the US and across Southwest Asia since 2007.