maryam tafakory [b. shiraz/iran] works with film and performance, creating textual and filmic collages that stitch together poetry, documentary, and archival material.
exploring the different registers through which images speak or refuse to speak to us, her films attempt to dissect veiled acts of erasure – of bodies, intimacies, and histories. her research-based projects consider what is often neglected and discarded as trivial and excessive. she has an ongoing body of video essays in dialogue with post-revolution iranian cinema.
based between shiraz and london, her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including MoMA; National Gallery of Art; Tate Modern; BOZAR; Cannes’ Directors Fortnight; New York Film Festival; Locarno; HKW Berlin; Toronto International Film Festival; Villa Medici; FICUNAM; Oberhausen; True/False; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives, amongst others.
she was awarded the Gold Hugo at the 58th Chicago Int'l Film Festival, the Tiger Short Award at the 51st IFFR, the Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Best Experimental Short Film at the 70th and 71st Melbourne International Film Festival, amongst others.
her film, Mast-del, premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was among Film Comment’s Best Short Films of 2023 and Sight&Sound’s Best Films of 2023. her first UK solo exhibition was one of Artforum’s Critics’ Picks of 2023. her recent video essay, Chaste/Unchaste, received the most nominations in Sight&Sound’s Best Video Essays of 2023, and appeared on Hyperallergic.