Maryam Faridani is an Iranian artist currently living in Chicago. By using moving images, installations and performance, she tries to explore how the given technical systems today leads to creation and maintenance of a particular set of social conditions as the environment of that system. Humor is an important aspect of her work as she finds it to be an effective way to talk about matters that are usually dark and bitter.
Faridani received the Define American Fellowship in 2020 and was named as one of the 2022 Breakout Artists of Chicago in NewCity Magazine. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 and holds a B.F.A. in Theater from the Art University of Tehran.
At MacDowell, Faridani worked on the production of her recent video "DataPhobia", which is an episodic animation narrating psychological effects of personal data on our daily life. An early version of this work was shown in the 2022 at The Latent Space, in Chicago.