Minou Norouzi

Filmmaker, writer, organiser-of-things


download: NorouziCV_15.02.2021


31 October 2018         PhD, Media & Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
01 November 2007     MA, Screen Documentary, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
16 June 1995               BA, Film & Video Production, University of the Arts London, UK

Current activities

June 2020 – Nov 2021       Resident Artist, HIAP ­– Helsinki International Artist Programme
2021 – 2024                         Postdoctoral Researcher, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki
2021 – 2024                         Visiting Research Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London

Work experience

Aug 2019 – Aug 2020        Postdoctoral Researcher in the Arts, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), University of Helsinki
Jan 2011 – Aug 2019        Creative Director, Producer, Film Programmer at Sheffield Fringe [Film festival]
Sept 2004 – Aug 2012       Lecturer (part-time) at University of West London, South Bank University, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research funding and grants

2021 – 2024                 Kone Foundation, “Revolutionary Patience: Migrant Perspectives On Doing Politics With the Documentary” (postdoctoral research)
2014 – 2018                Arts Council England, “Sheffield Fringe” (Grants for the Arts)
2012 – 2015                Arts & Humanities Research Council, “Object Documentary: The Ethics of the Documentary Encounter Reframed” (doctoral research)
2005 – 2006                Arts & Humanities Research Council (Postgraduate award)

Research output / publications

  • “Whom Do Humanitarian Narratives Serve?” In Constructions of the Real, Baulch, L.; Burke, L.; Gough-Brady, C.; Munro, K.; Rogers, C., Bristol: Intellect Books (Sept 2022)
  • “Relearning Forgotten Practices of Communication: On Empathy and Sky Hopinka”, Non-Fiction journal, Issue 2 (2020), pp. 36-41.
  • “Touch”, e-flux journal (2020)
  • “On Ferry Crossings” in In Between, eds. Savallampi, M; Mehta, A., HIAP (2020), pp.64-75.
  • “THE COMMUNICATIVE POWER OF SILENCE: Why Are You Angry?”, Another Gaze 03 (2019), pp. 61-66
  • Object Documentary: The Ethics of the Documentary Encounter Reframed, Goldsmiths, University of London (2018) [Doctoral thesis]
  • “Mecazi mekân” (with Pınar Öğrenci) in Art Unlimited (2018), pp. 40-42
  • “Neither Here Nor There: Investigating Instances of Showing” in Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited, eds. Daniels, J., Mclaughlin, C., Pearce, G., Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013), pp. 130-143
  • “The Value of Disorientation” in The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists (2013), pp. 40-41
  • “Imago” in Photocinema: The Creative Edges of Photography and Film, eds. Campbell, N., Cramerotti, A., Intellect Books (2013), pp. 146-147
  • “Imago” in Dwelling Places: Taiwan International Video Art, Chew’s Culture Foundation (2008), p. 91

Curatorial projects 2011 – 2019 (UK, Austria, USA, Turkey)

  • “ Filmprogramm IV”, UNDOX International Festival of Innovative Documentary Art, Belvedere Museum, Austria 2019
  • “The Revolution is not a Virgin”, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, USA 2019
  • “Metaphorical Space” with Pınar Öğrenci, MARSistanbul and SALT Beyoğlu, Turkey 2018
  • “Willing the Possible”, MARSistanbul, Turkey 2017
  • “Object Documentary”, 9-day programme of events including an exhibition, talks, screenings, Bloc Projects, UK 2016
  • “Kiss me, gentlemen – In Pursuit of Realness”, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, USA 2015
  • “Sheffield Fringe 2014”, 9-day programme of events including an exhibition, talks, screenings, Bloc Projects, UK 2014
  • “Evidentiary Dilemmas”, public programme for Death of a Cameraman exhibition (Curator: Martin Waldmeier), apexart, USA 2013
  • Sheffield Fringe 2013”, 3-day programme of events, Bloc Projects, UK 2013
  • “Sheffield Fringe 2012”, 3-day programme of events, S1 Artspace, UK 2012
  • “Mainstream 2.1”, screening event, Angus-Hughes Gallery, UK 2011
  • “Wild Thinking”, screening event, Apt 301, UK 2011

Film projects 2006 – 2021

  • On the Tenderness of Men (essay film, in development)
  • La Familia (essay film, in development)
  • Everything (artists’ documentary 22:36, 2018)
  • I Remember (single-channel video 06:00, 2010)
  • All Shades of Grey (artists’ documentary 06:00, 2009)
  • Anatomy of Failure (artists’ documentary 53:00, 2008)
  • u never asked to be my mountain (single-channel video 01:30, 2008)
  • Sitting is Believing (single-channel video 06:50, 2007)
  • Limb from Limb (single-channel video 08:00, 2007)
  • Sich selbst vis-à-vis (Once self vis-à-vis) (two-channel video 04:14, 2006)
  • Imago (single-channel video 07:50, 2006)

Selected screenings and exhibitions 2006 – 2018

  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (2018)
  • Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento Buenos Aires (BIM), Argentina (2014)
  • “untitled male ID”, Angus-Hughes Gallery London UK (2013)
  • “Truth, Dare or Promise” South London Gallery UK (2012)
  • “Nothing to Declare” Yuchengco Museum Manila, Philippines (2012)
  • XXVII Sarajevo Winter, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011)
  • “ResoVision” Frieze Art Fair, London UK (2010)
  • “All Shades of Grey” in Unreal Asia, 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2009)
  • “All Shades of Grey” 26th Kasseler Dokfest, Germany (2009)
  • “Anatomy of Failure” XIV Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Skopje Bulgaria (2009)
  • “PhotoCinema” QUAD Gallery, curator: Louis Clements, Derby UK (2009)
  • “Dwelling Places” Hong-Gah Museum, curator: Sean C.S. Hu, Taipei City Taiwan (2008)
  • “Hollywould: Artists’ Replies to Hollywood” Los Angeles Filmforum USA (2008)
  • “Fresh Air Machine” Calvert 22 London UK (2008)
  • “Video Killed the Painting Star” Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow UK (2007)
  • “The Impossibility of the Beach” Telic Arts Exchange Los Angeles USA (2006)


2006    Best Experimental Film award, Tirana International Film Festival
2002    Performers Rights Society award for Sound Design of the broadcast documentary “Home Truths”
2002    Corporation of London, London Connexion, Awards for All, film production funding for “Home Truths

Other key academic merits

2011-2021      Invited talks (UK, Finland, USA, Sweden)

Screen Studies conference; Documentary Now! conference; Exhibiting Video conference (UK); Jane and Aatos Erkko conference; The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism; Critical Cinema Lab; Art School MAA & Aalto University (Finland); College Art Association 107th Annual Conference; TED conference (USA); Visible Evidence XX conference (Sweden)

Feb 2017       Co-organiser, curator and chairperson: “Object! On the Documentary as Art” symposium and screening series, Whitechapel Gallery and Close Up Film Centre, UK