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.
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 producing and filming 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.
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.