Born in Esfahan (1979) Maryam K. Hedayat is an Iranian 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. Together with David Helbich, she is currently working on the art integration project Nieuwland, in the Brussels Marolles. She is also part of the creative film project ENFEM in Molenbeek. Her video-installation Genderless successfully toured in Belgium from 2016 to 2018.
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 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.
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 a member of the arts and culture magazine Rekto:Verso, a founding member of Cross Critique, and a member of SectieMoFo, a think tank for diversity in the arts.
She was 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.