Maral Bolouri was born in Tehran, Iran. They are a multidisciplinary artist based in Paris, France.
As a gender non conforming person, their work previously reflected their experience as a marginalised subject in post-revolution Iran.
From 2009-2011 they lived in Malaysia to pursue a Master's program which guided their practice towards a research-based pursuit.
They moved to Kenya in 2012. Living in Nairobi introduced colonial and post-colonial realities to their practice with a focus on human rights and representation of women in African oral traditions.
Since 2018 they are based in Paris, France where they currently explore gender and identity and the influences of identity politics on one's practice in the art world and beyond.
Their works can be found in several collections including world bank Washington and Absa's permanent collection in South Africa. They are the overall winner of Absa L'atelier competition 2017.
"I do not understand my body, neither my political existence as part of the Spanish nation. "
(Paul B. Preciado)
I have never understood my political existence as an Iranian woman.
I live and practice my art in a system that not only forces my existence within these bounding lines, but it strictly forbids me to imagine or claim it otherwise.
From the beginning of my career in a country where I was born, I was told, how and to what extend I am allowed to exist.
After more than 10 years and two continents apart from where I was born, I still have benevolent advocates who lay down the rules for me:
Be the one you were born to be: A Female Iranian artist.
Just like Preciado, I consider myself a fugitive, a fugitive of my language, my nation, and Identity. My practice is dedicated to the deconstruction of these norms.