Mahsa Alef (b. 1990, Ardabil) received her BA from Tehran University of Art in 2013. Besides painting, she has been working with fabrics and clothing design since 2012. She has also been designing and executing installations for new urban displays since 2014. In most of her works, she opts for providing a setting, which can be seen in all her other activities. In “Only the Writer Has Read the Book,” Alef endeavors to return language to its zero point, using a salt-cured book, impossible to read, interpret, or translate. Alef’s recent work is made in a similar vein, alluding to a kind of thought that is ready to sacrifice anything for the author’s imaginary intentions. Mahsa Alef has participated in several group exhibitions.