Discipline: Film/Video – experimental

maryam tafakory

Discipline: Film/Video – experimental
Region: London, UK
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

maryam tafakory is an artist and filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. Her broader research explores depictions of erasure, secrecy, [un]touchable, and [un]spoken prohibitions.

Her work has been exhibited internationally including shows at MoMA, Locarno Film Festival, True/False, Pergamon Museum, and Anthology Film Archives, among others.

She has received many awards for her work including the Gold Hugo for Best Documentary Short at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Best Experimental Short Film at the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival, Tiger Short Award at the 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam; Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Fugas Prize at Documenta Madrid. She was the 2019 Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker.

While in residence, Maryam began editing her upcoming film, Sukhte-del, and finished writing the fourth chapter for her ongoing performance/research to be presented at her solo screening at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC.



maryam tafakory worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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