Maryam Tafakory is an animator and filmmaker living and working in London. She explores allegorical forms of visual narrative, inner monologues and storytelling in her part-documentary work, using abstracted, symbolic and textual motifs to convey a range of issues, struggles, protagonists and their representation on screen. Whilst sharing an Islamic Persianate identity, the narratives she develops are closely tied to her own recollections, experiences and tensions of being brought up in post-revolutionary Iran. Part installation, her work focuses on (self) censorship, interweaving poetry, politics, religion and existential explorations, combining a formal minimalist syntax and figurative mode of representation, encoding difficult, untouchable and socio-politically loaded meanings, articulating on a notion of performing inner, less visible qualities and matters.
Her work is screened and exhibited internationally including, Edinburgh International Film Festival, British Film Institute, London International Animation Festival, Manchester International Short Film Festival, Barbican Centre, DOKU Film Festival, Festival de Cortos de Bogotá, Ciné Lumière, Institut Français, British Animation Awards, London Iranian Film Festival, [In]Visible Exhibition, The Shape Gallery, London, Santa Fe International New Media Festival.
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