Documentary, found material, performance and poetry are stitched together in Maryam Tafakory’s filmic collages. The mixed-media artist, born in Iran and based between Shiraz and London, combines images and words to depict themes of erasure, secrecy and the violence of invisible regulatory bodies. Research-based projects examine what is regarded as trivial, excessive or unscientific, taking experiences that are neglected and transforming them into moving-image works. Tafakory has an ongoing body of video essays in dialogue with post-revolution Iranian cinema, contributing a new perspective based on archival and found materials.
Image Credits: Maryam Tafakory, Still from Nazarbazi, (2022). Single-channel video. 19 min.