Regina Mamou (b. 1983, Southfield, Michigan) is a Los Angeles based artist. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and was a Fulbright fellow to Jordan. Mamou grew up with the awareness of the implications of political ideology intertwined with religion. Mamou's mother, who is Polish-American, and Mamou's father, who is a Christian-Chaldean from Iraq, raised her multiculturally. As a former priest, Mamou's father left the clergy, and Iraq, for fear of persecution. This need to understand ideologies has been the focus of her work since she started investigating utopias throughout the US. Mamou's travels have allowed her to not only examine the implications of social utopias but also the struggle to create community through a dystopian future.

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