Amitis Motevalli  

Born in Tehran, Iran 1969 BA, San Francisco State University 1995 MFA, Claremont Graduate University 1998 Lives and works in Los Angeles

Solo Exhibitions

2008 Threshold of the Innocents and Martyred (Harameh Massomeen va Shohadha), 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica California
2006 Right; Rite; Write Piece, Performance, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, California
2005 Re-Aiming the Canon, Slanguge, Los Angeles, California
2002 Stop it at it’s Source. Deep River Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Staybite: Modes of Operation, The University of Texas at Dallas The Feminist Art Project Bus Tour, Los Angeles “Tan Lejos de Dios…”, UNAM, Mexico City You Make Me Laugh, S1F, Los Angeles
2008 A Guide to Democracy in America, Creative Time Project The Audacity of Desperation, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles California Biennal, Orange County Museum of Art, Ca. Chora Collection, Farmlab/La Casa de Tunnel
2007 (Un) Holy Selves, Peter Jones Gallery, Chicago, Il Voices of Resistance, Around the Coyote, Chicago, Il And That Was How it Ended, McNish Gallery, Oxnard City College Migration Study, Phanthom Gallery, Los Angeles, California First Kiss, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, Califrnia No Human Being is Illegal, CSPG at Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, California
2006 Sexta Feria del Libro en el Zocalo, Mexico City, Mexico Does Religion Kill, 18th Street Gallery, Santa Monica, California Irrational 5, Performances, Track16, Santa Monica, California
2004 Fade, Luckman Gallery, CSU Los Angeles, California I Am A Curator, Chisenhale, Gallery, London, UKoh
Revolt, She Said, Forde, Switzerland
2003 Enter Intercessor, RAID Projects, Los Angeles, California Democracy When At, the Project, Los Angeles, California
2002 Democracy When, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,California Utopian Grids, Coagula Projects, Los Angeles, California New Trajectories in Street Influenced Art, ICU Art, Los Angeles, California
2001 Overflowing, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca. Axiomatic Arcade, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca. Capital Art, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca. Tricky, Brewery Projects, Los Angeles, Ca.

Awards and Fellowships

California Community Foundation, Emerging Artist Fellowship James Irvine Foundation, Vision of California Montalvo Artist Residency Fellowship National Endowment for the Arts / Andy Warhol Foundation, project fellowship at 18th Street Arts Center


Books Voices of Resistance, Muslim Women on Love, War and Sexuality
Catalogues 2008 A Guide to Democracy in America, Creative Time Books Visions from a New California
2006 I Am A Curator, Chisenhale Gallery Press Enter Intercessor
2002 Democracy When?, Catalogue, LAS
2000 Capital Art, Catalogue, Smart Art Press
1997 My First Work, Catalogue, Pasadena City College


The Sand Ninja and friends, (Performance and intervention) Ak-Ami (Performance, interventions and media) From the Barrel (founder, artist collective) Hamaam Project (dialogue project with Muslim Women Artist collaboration with Sarah Husain) Stupid Muslim Joke (series of performances and web based interactions and dialogue)