Maryam Tafakory (b. Shiraz, Iran) is not quite sure whether she is an artist or filmmaker or neither, but she is definitely based in London. Her work draws on the notion of ‘personal as political’ in a fractured narrative that involves a subtle negotiation between factual and fiction, exploring allegorical forms of visual narrative, using abstracted, symbolic and textual motifs and their on-screen representation. Part performance, her work draws on womanhood and rites of passage, interweaving poetry, (self)-censorship and religion, combining a formal minimalist syntax and figurative mode of representation.
Her work has been exhibited internationally including, Rotterdam IFFR, Edinburgh EIFF, Zurich Film Festival, Melbourne MIFF, ZINEBI, Hamburg IKFF, ICA London, BFI London, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Ji.hlava IDFF, Barbican Centre London, New York UnionDocs, and BBC Three. She has received several awards for her films including Best Short Film at Dokumenta-Madrid.
- I have Sinned a Rapturous Sin, 8'
- An absent wound, 10'
- Poem and stone, 12'
- Fragments of a letter to a child unborn, 5'
- I was five when I became a woman, 5'
- Taklif, 10'