Melika Abikenari is an Iranian interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working in Los Angeles. Much of her work explores the systems of repression that she endured as a child in both the private and public spheres, from the home to the State, including police, schools and various other actors and institutions. These formative experiences exert a primary influence in terms of the subject matter of her art. In turn, her work explores the enduring and evolving nature of experience and memory. Her main concern, both practical and theoretical, is the nature and function of memory, how it is constructed and reconstructed, which is to underscore its contingent and persisting character.