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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.
I work with textual and filmic collages, interweaving poetry, ethnography, archival and found material. Screenings and exhibitions of my work include: Whitechapel Gallery; 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; and Anthology Film Archives NY.
My work has received several awards including Best Short Film at DocumentaMadrid, and nominations include, 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.
In 2019, I was invited as the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence. My work has been exhibited at VIDEONALE, as well as Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and was awarded two (2017, 2019) Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize (York).
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