Amitis Motevalli is an artist born in Iran and moved to the US in 1977 pre-revolution. She explores the cultural resistance and survival of people living in poverty, conflict and war. Her experience as a working-class immigrant in Los Angeles, is foundational to her drive for creating art that contests stereotypical beliefs about people living in diaspora. Through many mediums including, sculpture, video, performance and collaborative public art, her work juxtaposes iconography, to reveal differences in cross-cultural understandings, critical of the violence of dominance and occupation, while invoking the significance of a secular grass roots struggle. For her current project, Motevalli is working internationally with a broad spectrum of transnational Muslims in order to research the kinds of labor, to survive in everyday lives, across boundaries of class. She is particularly concerned with conducting workshops with Muslims who come from places of political and religious conflict and collaborating on public art projects. Motevalli is invested in research, collaboration, and the potential of art to expand thought. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, exhibiting art internationally as well as organizing to create an active and resistant cultural discourse through information exchange, either in art, pedagogy or organizing artist and educators.