Ava Maken Ali is a Persian interdisciplinary artist-educator from Iran, who identifies as a camel. She was inspired to become a camel by the Persian idiom Kineh Shotori meaning “to hold a grudge like a camel.” She uses her camel identity alongside animal symbolism to tell the story of her artworks and metaphorically plot revenge against those who have wronged her in her human form. Her artworks are installations that incorporate drawing, soft sculpture, video art, sound, and photography. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago, her Associate in Architecture from Polytechnic University of Milan, and her BA in Art and Architecture from Islamic Azad University Central Tehran Branch.
Research Interest: Interpersonal Relationships, Anthropomorphism of Animals, Psycology, Community-based art education, Middle Eastern visual culture.