maryam tafakory (b. iran) is an artist filmmaker making filmic and textual collages, interweaving poetry, [anti/auto] ethnography, archival material, animated, allegorical and fragmented forms of narrative. she is based between london, shiraz and tehran.
interested in fictions of non-fiction, her broader research explores plural subjectivities, the self/other binary, womanhood, as well as depictions of inauthenticity, absence/erasure, secrecy, [un]touchable and unspoken prohibitions.
she completed her masters at Oxford University and her work has exhibited internationally including, Whitechapel Gallery; Rotterdam IFFR; Edinburgh EIFF; Zurich Film Festival; Melbourne MIFF; ZINEBI; Hamburg IKFF; ICA London; BFI London; Ji.hlava IDFF; Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; Barbican Cinema London; Light Industry; UnionDocs; Anthology Film Archives.
her work has been nominated for Tiger Award and Found Footage Award at 47th IFFR, Best Short Award at 67th MIFF and she has received several awards, including the best short film at Documenta Madrid, and was recently invited as the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence.
her work has been exhibited at Videonale as well as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and she was awarded two (2017, 2019) Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize (York).
essay film: nazarbazi
[un]edited diary 28'
essay film: irani bag
essay film: reading sheyda 19'
[re]doing taklif 6'
i have sinned a rapturous sin 12'
absent wound 11'
poem and stone 14'
i was five 5'