Maryam Tafakory: I want to tell you what I can’t

28 April, 2023
– 17 June, 2023
Wed – Sat, 12pm-5pm
A collage of multiple frames. To the right is a profile of a woman wearing a headscarf. To the left is a colour-inverted image of an arm and its hand partially obscured by a separate tilted frame image capturing a small glimpse of another hand. Small caption in white at the centre reads “into unspoken words” alongside farsi words
Nazarbazi نظربازی , Maryam Tafakory, 2022.

LUX is delighted to announce the first UK exhibition by Iranian artist and filmmaker Maryam Tafakory.

I want to tell you what I can’t presents the artist’s works Nazarbazi (the play of glances) نظربازی   and Irani Bag ایرانی کیف, alongside fragments of more recent work.

There will be a closing event on Saturday 17th June 2023.

Nazarbazi (the play of glances) (2022) is a film about love and desire in Iranian cinema, where depictions of intimacy and touch between women and men are prohibited.

Irani Bag (2021) is a split-screen video essay that deconstructs the depiction of a seemingly innocent object—the handbag—in order to propose a textual and political analysis of censorship and intimacy in post-revolution Iran. Irani Bag invites the spectator to reconsider the relationship between sight and touch.

Captioned screenings of Nazarbazi and Irani Bag will take place daily.

The audio-described version of Nazarbazi (the play of glances) نظربازی is available at our gallery and online by request. To arrange a viewing, please send an email to [email protected].

Nazarbazi (the play of glances) نظربازی  is commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella as part of BEYOND. Irani Bag ایرانی کیف is commissioned by the Asian Film Archive, Singapore.

Captions for Nazarbazi (the play of glancesنظربازی courtesy of FVU. Captions for  Irani Bag ایرانی‭ ‬کیف courtesy of LUX Moving Image.

Audio Description for Nazarbazi (the play of glancesنظربازی courtesy of VocalEyes.

The exhibition is accompanied by a reading list selected by Maryam Tafakory. You can download the reading list as a PDF here




Exhibition Opening:

27 April 2023 / 6-8PM


Closing Event: In-conversation event with Maryam Tafakory, Zara Joan Miller and Elhum Shakerifar

17 June 2023 / 7PM



Screening Schedule:

Our screening consists of two films, with a total runtime of 28 minutes. The films will be shown every half hour from 12 pm to 5 pm, with the captioned version available hourly at half past the hour.



Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. The video works in the black box space have open captions. (Please check the screening schedule).

Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/
noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room
to be brighter or lower volume environment.

Content Note: Nazarbazi نظربازی contains depictions of body injury.

You can find general access information here



Maryam Tafakory [b. Shiraz, Iran] is an artist filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at MoMA; Locarno; MoMI New York; IFFR Rotterdam; ICA London; Pergamon Museum Berlin; True/False; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives amongst others. She has received several awards including the Tiger Short Award at the 51st IFFR, Gold Hugo Award at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at the 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Experimental Short Film at the 70th Melbourne International Film Festival, the Jury Prize at Documenta Madrid, and the Best International Short Film at 29th l’Alternativa Barcelona. She was awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence (NY) in 2019 and was a MacDowell Fellow in 2022.


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