Maryam Taghavi is an Iranian-Canadian artist and curator.  Her work ranges from performance to installation, video, and photography. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works have been exhibited in Canada, Iran, the United States, and Mexico.

Experience at SAIC

I work with abstraction as a process to depart from a singular point of origin. In favor of emerging and unexpected nuances, I usually set up temporal mechanisms that operate on the verge of precariousness and immaculate detail. Scenarios form in the presence of multiple narratives that interrupt the flow of one another. Moving between chance operations and precision, I tend to obscure the relationship between body, space, and language. My practice has manifested in the forms of performance, sculpture, photography, and video.

In recent years I have worked with my mother tongue of Farsi with the objective to resituate it as a pragmatic and contemporary apparatus as opposed to a nostalgic and formal reiteration. I co-curated jä be jä, a project that facilitated a dialogue between artists in Tehran and Toronto.  The works that resulted from the correspondence were exhibited concurrently in the hosting cities.


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