Her recent work developed out of eighteen months of fieldwork at and around Zaytuna College, a Muslim liberal arts college established in 2009 in Berkeley, California.

Producing ‘moving portraits’ of individuals, families, buildings and transportation infrastructures, Maryam Kashani explores time’s passage, how modes of movement and improvisation in everyday life intersect with structures of power, knowledge, economy, and representation. She is currently involved in the Zaytuna Project, a series of videos and installation work produced in conjunction with her ethnographic monograph on Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California, and the knowledge practices of Muslims in the United States. Her previous films have screened at festivals, museums, and universities internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Born in 1977 in San Francisco, USA, she received her MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts in 2003 and her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin, USA in 2014. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 12