Selection 8: Maryam Tafakory, Forugh Farrokhzad
Maryam Tafakory’s work radically recontextualizes film, poetry, and archival sound and image in order to create a vital dialogue with post-revolution Iranian cinema. Her video essays and live performances utilize digital collage to both create and illuminate existing layers of meaning. Tafakory’s work provides a prismatic lens onto Iranian cinema and storytelling without centering the Western gaze, accessible to those who might not be familiar with the cultural artifacts she uses, even as the films are created for those who are. This program features two of Tafakory’s resonant short films, as well as a rarely performed live piece for which there can be no recording or other form of documentation. The ephemeral quality of this work makes it the most poignant expression of Tafakory’s engagement with the seen and unseen, the taboo, the abstracted, and the veiled. The program concludes with a screening of The House Is Black, the only film made by Forugh Farrokhzad, whose writings and poetry have deeply touched and influenced Maryam Tafakory from an early age.
Followed by a conversation between Maryam Tafakory and Mahdieh Fahimi