Minou Norouzi

Filmmaker, writer, organiser-of-things


Minou Norouzi is a filmmaker, writer, curator.

She obtained her PhD by Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London supported by the Arts and Humanity Research Council (2018) and was Postdoctoral Researcher in the Arts at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (2019/20).
Currently, a resident artist at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Minou combines her film practice with film theory and film criticism.  She is a Kone Foundation-funded Postdoctoral Researcher at the Swedish School of Social Science (University of Helsinki, 2021-2024).

Her research is focused on cinematic language and aesthetic productions that communicate the ineffable and challenge normative, totalising accounts of history and knowledge production. Her project, “Revolutionary Patience: Migrant Perspectives On Doing Politics With Documentary” looks into artists’ moving image and documentary practices by women and non-binary filmmakers with personal experiences of displacement from the MENA / SWANA region (Middle East / Southwest Asia & North Africa). A study of diasporic cinemas, the project puts under critical review empathy as a form of political engagement in art.

Minou was responsible for the creative direction and production of the Arts Council England-funded film programming initiative Sheffield Fringe (2011 – 2019) and for the symposium and screening series “Object! On the Documentary as Art” at Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Film Center (London, 2017). She has curated exhibitions, public programmes and film-related events at the Belvedere 21 Museum (Vienna, 2019); UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art and apexart (New York, 2019/2015/2013); MARSistanbul and SALT Beyoğlu (Istanbul, 2018/2017); S1 Artspace and Bloc Projects (Sheffield 2016/2014/2013/2012).

Her films have been shown at South London Gallery, Calvert 22 (London), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Telic Arts Exchange (Los Angeles), and at film festivals including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Kasseler Dok Fest, Videoex, and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

CONTACT: minou.norouzi[at]gmail.com