maryam tafakory (b. iran) is a filmmaker and artist whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. she is based between london and shiraz.
interested in fictions of non-fiction, her broader research explores depictions of erasure, secrecy, [un]touchable and [un]spoken prohibitions. she has an ongoing body of essayistic videos on representations of women in Iranian post-revolution cinema.
she completed her MFA at Oxford University and her work has been exhibited internationally including Rotterdam IFFR; Whitechapel Gallery; Edinburgh EIFF; Zurich Film Festival; Melbourne MIFF; ZINEBI; Hamburg IKFF; ICA London; BFI London; Ji.hlava IDFF; Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; Light Industry; UnionDocs; and Anthology Film Archives NY.
her work has appeared at Criterion's The Daily and included in The Best Video Essays of 2020 by Sight&Sound magazine. she was selected for Videonale.17, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and was twice awarded the Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize in 2017 and 2019.
she 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 DocumentaMadrid, and she was the 2019 Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence, New York.