Artist Statement

Maral’s work is rooted in their interest in contemporary subjectivity and the discursive possibilities of representation available to marginalized subjects. 


Their ongoing project ‘Un-mothering’ investigates the maternal bond and separation. Inspired by Anne Dufourmantelle’s body of work and their own psychoanalysis, they use found photography and family archives as a support for speech, to create a soliloquy to articulate the unspoken. 


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, identity, and the influences of identity politics on artistic practice.


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.