An Evening of Shorts by Maryam Tafakory

An Evening of Shorts by Maryam Tafakory

Maryam Tafakory, Nazarbazi (still), 2022.

An Evening of Shorts by Maryam Tafakory

Admission starts at $5

May 17, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, May 17 at 7pm for an evening of shorts by Maryam Tafakory, featuring Irani Bag (2021, 8 minutes), Nazarbazi (2022, 20 minutes), I Have Sinned A Rapturous Sin (2019, 10 minutes), and Absent Wound (2018, 10 minutes), with a special introduction by the artist via video call.

One of Iran’s leading moving-image artists working today, Tafakory employs allegorical types of visual storytelling that entail a nuanced negotiation between reality and fiction through abstraction, symbolism, and archival compilation. 

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Irani Bag (2021, 8 minutes)
Collating scenes of mediated intimacy in Iranian cinema, Maryam Tafakory’s Irani Bag is a quietly moving instruction on “how to touch without touching.”

Nazarbazi (2022, 20 minutes)
Nazarbazi [the play of glances] is a film about love and desire in post-revolution Iranian cinema where depictions of intimacy and touch between women and men are prohibited.

I Have Sinned A Rapturous Sin (2019, 10 min)
What cures women of sexual promiscuity?

Absent Wound (2018, 10 minutes)
The rituals of warrior training is seen in combination with the recitations of a young girl. Whilst seemingly in separate worlds, the film draws parallels and connections between these relative situations, in the process drawing documentary and fictional threads together to reveal a shared sense of coming to terms with corporeality, its rituals, and tribulations.

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Film, Religion & Spirituality, Feminism, Gender
Documentary, Experimental Film, Middle East, Censorship

Maryam Tafakory (b. Iran) is an artist filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at MoMA Doc Fortnight; IFFR Rotterdam; ICA London; True/False; Pergamon Museum; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives amongst others. She has received several awards including the Ammodo Tiger Short at 51st IFFR, Gold Hugo Award at 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Experimental Short Film at 70th Melbourne International Film Festival, the Jury Prize at Documenta Madrid, and the Best Short Film at Festival de Cine Lima Independiente. She was awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence (NY) in 2019, and she received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2022.

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