Dr Maryam Tafakory

Research project: the zina of the i/eye: accidental findings on touching and prohibition

Abstract

written as a collection of fragmented stories, this thesis dissects the figure of touch: its bodily and non-bodily manifestations, its neither tangible nor intangible representations, its neither subjective nor objective nature. it offers a fragile map of touching without touching: a contact at a distance. a tact without contact.

prohibition is the productive site of this research. touching that which interdicts touch and the regulatory bodies that legislate and control it. 

  • Research degree: Practice-based PhD
  • Title of project: the zina of the i/eye: accidental findings on touching and prohibition
  • Research supervisor: Dr Dean Kenning
  • Other research supervisor: Professor Fran Lloyd

Biography

My practice engages with a collage of textual and filmic fragments, interweaving poetry, experimental auto-ethnography and cryptic forms of narrative. Screenings and exhibitions of my work include: Rotterdam IFFR; Edinburgh EIFF; Zurich Film Festival; Melbourne MIFF; ZINEBI; Hamburg IKFF; ICA London; BFI London; Ji.hlava IDFF; Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; Barbican Cinema London; UnionDocs NY; Anthology Film Archives NY; and Whitechapel Gallery.

I have received several awards including Best Short Film at DocumentaMadrid, and was recently invited as the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence. My work has been nominated for Tiger Award and Found Footage Award at 47th IFFR, Best Short Award at 67th MIFF, and Best Documentary Short at 22nd JI.HLAVA IDFF amongst others. 

www.maryamtafakory.com/

Areas of research interest

  • cryptic forms/prohibition
  • plural subjectivity
  • experimental auto-ethnography
  • collective memory
  • impossible tacts
  • self/other
  • anti documentary/ethnography

Qualifications

  • MA Fine Art, Oxford University

Funding or awards received

  • Fully-funded PhD Studentship, Kingston University
  • Artist Commission/grant, FVU (Film and Video Umbrella)
  • Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker Residency
  • Artist Commission/grant, Asian Film Archive
  • KSA Conference Funding
  • Iran Heritage Foundation Award
  • EASA Conference Grant
  • British Council Travel Grant

Conference papers

Jouissance in Iranian Sacred Defence Cinema. In: Film-Philosophy Conference. University of Brighton. UK. 2019

Undoing Authenticity. In: International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences' (IUAES) Inter-Congress. 2019

Rewriting Failure. In: SAR. 10th International Conference on Artistic Research. Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). 2019

Iham and Eroticism in Iranian Sacred Defence Cinema. In: Symposia Iranica's Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies. University of St Andrews. Scotland. 2019

Poem and Stone. EASA (The European Association of Social Anthropologists) Biennial Conference. 2018