Amitis Motevalli is an artist born in Iran who migrated with her family to the US in 1977. Her work explores culture and survival of people living in poverty, conflict and war including personal and family experiences. Through many mediums including, sculpture, video, performance and collaborative public art, her work juxtaposes personal and collective work. There is an unambiguous criticality of state violence, dominance and occupation, while invoking the significance of a secular grass roots struggle. In her most recent work, she has been working internationally with a broad spectrum of transnational Muslims in order to research labor, life and survival across boundaries of class. In the vain of the Educational justice work she has been involved in since 2000, she has been collaborating through workshops with young Muslim women who come from places of political and religious conflict to create public art projects.