Kani Marouf (*1991) is an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. In her practice, she questions the image in relation to a desensitized audience. Her ongoing research examines current image regimes of digital cultures of social media, the psychosocial differences with regard to migrant youth cultures, and a steadily growing alignment of late capitalist urban spaces. She completed her bachelor’s studies in visual arts at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. She did her postgraduate degree as part of the temporary master course Shadow Channel — Film, Design & Politics at Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. Her work has been featured in multiple international film festivals like International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Reykjavík International Film Festival, Kurdish Film Festival Berlin and exhibited at vdrome, Sonic Acts Academy, Magacin Belgrade, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rietveld Pavilion, De School, Jan van Eyck Academy, Galerie Eigenheim, Galerie Rothamel, MACA, and many more. In 2022, she collaborated with the Rojava Film Commune on their contribution to documenta.fifteen. Currently, she teaches the moving image course Quick & Dirty and Passive Observer at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, was a tutor at the Sandberg Instituut and HfK Bremen.
The narrative elements in her films quickly transform from trivial observations to reveal the cinematic machine behind what we are looking at, displaying the charged relationship between the spectator and the Absent Cause. Thus, an increasingly enunciative space is created, used as a narrative tool to scrutinize the images for the truth they contain.
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