Born in Esfahan (1979), Maryam K. Hedayat is an Iranian Belgian visual artist living in Brussels. She graduated with honours as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Antwerp and went on to study film directing at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. She is currently working on her video-installation Genderless. She has set up an artistic team to develop the project and is collaborating with choreographer Judith Clijsters and with scenographers Karel Burssens and Jeroen Verrecht from 88888. The installation will be presented to the audience in 2017 and was previously staged as a work in progress during the Mestizo Arts Festival in Antwerp, during Bang!Festival in Brussels, during the Lust&Liefde festival in Ghent and during the Week van de Werkplaats event at C-mine cultural center in Genk.
A side project of Genderless, A Tale of Memories, was selected for the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival and exhibited at MAS and during Zoveel Many Trees><Abattre exposition in Brussels.
Hedayat was also selected as one of the fourteen artists to take part in PUSH, a 2-year project funded by Creative Europe exploring gender/sexual identity, migration & (over) protection in theatre and dance for children.
Hedayat is in the process of writing and researching her first feature length documentary First Day of Spring. The film revolves around the lives of a group of twenty something friends living in Molenbeek in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks.
She is furthermore the founding member of Cross Critique, an art critique platform connected to rekto:verso, an arts and culture magazine.
Hedayat is also an activist, taking part in projects like We Are Molenbeek, set to find artistic solutions for the radicalisation of some of the youth in Molenbeek.
She was also a participant of the KVS project Rise Up, a poetry project led by renowned poet Sukina Douglas.
She made the film Deburkinastion for theatre maker Rachida Lamrabet, in collaboration with KVS and The Goethe Institute.
She has also worked as a videographer for several dance and theatre companies such as KVS, DeRoovers, Laika, KunstZ and production companies such as Kosmonaut productions and Podiumkunsten among others.
Her latest short film Ferfereh was completed in 2017. Her first short, White Maze, has been screened at several expositions in Antwerp and Brussels, namely at Semaine d’Art expo in Brussels, Made in Berchem travelling exposition, the Kortgeknipt film series and experimental film expo Bewegend Beeld in Antwerp.
In 2013 she collaborated on the short Nazomer which was part of the Follow Gent film project. It was screened at Sphinx Cinema during The Ghent film festival.