Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – new media

Maryam Faridani

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – new media
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

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.



Maryam Faridani worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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