Minou Norouzi

Filmmaker, writer, organiser-of-things



31 October 2018         PhD, Research as Practice, 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

2022 – ongoing                  Editor, Journal of Visual Culture
2021 – 2024                        Postdoctoral Researcher, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki
2021 – 2024                        Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Visual Anthropology, Goldsmiths University of London

Films 2006 – 2023

  • Love is not enough (essay film, in development)
  • On the Tenderness of Men (essay film, in development)
  • La Familia (essay film, in development)
  • Everything (essay film 22:36, 2018)
  • I Remember (single-channel video 06:00, 2010)
  • All Shades of Grey (documentary 06:00, 2009)
  • Anatomy of Failure (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 – 2024

  • “On the Tenderness of Men”, FIX: Care and Repair, Design Museum, Helsinki (2024-25)
  • “Everything”, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (2018)
  • Various works, 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)
  • “Anatomy of Failure”, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (2008)
  • “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


  • “The Empathic Resonance of Village of Women (2019): Cinematic Expansion through Retreat” in Empathic Engagements in Art Pedagogy: History and Practice, eds. Barahal, S., Pugliano, E., Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)
  • “Keren Cytter and the Heimatfilm: Through the Lens of Geographical and Cultural Displacement”, in Travelers, Wanderers, Nomads and Visitors: Thinking German Film History from the Margins, eds. Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T., Sandberg, C., Berghahn Books (forthcoming)
  • On Discomfort and Empathy in Rosalind Nashashibi’s Electrical Gaza”, in Focus Issue 11: Representing Women’s Realities, MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture Journal (2023)
  • NOT ANOTHER MOMENT OF YOUR SALVATION: Documentary, Art Practice and their Empathic Misadventures” in Constructions of the Real, Baulch, L.; Burke, L.; Gough-Brady, C.; Munro, K.; Rogers, C., Bristol: Intellect Books (2023), pp. 258-268.
  • Confessions of a Documentary Junkie: 2022 Love & Anarchy Festival Picks”, No Niin Magazine (2022)
  • Village of Women: Tamara Stepanyan and Minou Norouzi in conversation”, Finnish Documentary Guild (Dokumenttikilta) and Moving People and Images Journal (2022)
  • “Relearning Forgotten Practices of Communication: On Empathy and Sky Hopinka”, Non-Fiction journal, Issue 2 (2020), pp. 36-41.
  • Touch”, e-flux journal online Reader (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 – 2021 (UK, Austria, USA, Turkey, Finland)

  • Migrant Screen Cultures, Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki 2021
  • “Little Stories and Narrative Threads: Countering the Heroic telling of Architectural History”, screening of Austrian artist-filmmaker Sasha Pirker’s work presented for the first time in Finland  + discussion, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. Supported by Kone Foundation and Austrian Embassy Helsinki, Finland 2021
: Pınar Öğrenci with Minou Norouzi”, work-in-progress screening of Öğrenci’s documentary titled Gurbet Is a Home + discussion tied in with Norouzi’s research on the themes of architecture and migration, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Finland 2020
  • “ Filmprogramm IV”, UNDOX International Festival of Innovative Documentary Art, Belvedere Museum, Austria 2019
  • “The Revolution is not a Virgin”, public programme incl. films & performance, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, USA 2019
  • “Metaphorical Space” with Pınar Öğrenci, exhibition & film programme, MARSistanbul and SALT Beyoğlu, Turkey 2018
  • “Object! On the Documentary as Art” symposium, screening series, artists’ talks, Whitechapel Gallery and Close Up Film Centre, UK 2017
  • “Willing the Possible” exhibition, MARSistanbul, Turkey 2017
  • “Object Documentary” exhibition, screenings, artists’ talks (9-day programme), Bloc Projects, UK 2016
  • “Kiss me, gentlemen – In Pursuit of Realness” screening, UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art, USA 2015
  • “Sheffield Fringe 2014” exhibition, screenings, artists’ talks (9-day programme), Bloc Projects, UK 2014
  • “Evidentiary Dilemmas”, film programme for Death of a Cameraman exhibition (Curator: Martin Waldmeier) apexart, USA 2013
  • Sheffield Fringe 2013” exhibition, screenings, artists’ talks (3-day programme), Bloc Projects, UK 2013
  • “Sheffield Fringe 2012”, 3-day programme of events, S1 Artspace, UK 2012
  • “Mainstream 2.1”, public programme incl. films & performance, Angus-Hughes Gallery, UK 2011
  • “Wild Thinking” screening, Apt 301, UK 2011

Research funding and grants

2021 – 2024                 Kone Foundation, “Revolutionary Patience: Migrant Perspectives On Doing Politics With the Documentary” (postdoctoral research)
2014 – 2019                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)

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

Presentations/ talks

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

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


March 2022                          Purple Tree Bangkok
June 2020 – Nov 2021       HIAP ­– Helsinki International Artist Programme