Dr Minou Norouzi

Staff details

Position Visiting Research Fellow
Department Anthropology
Email mnoro002 (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Minou Norouzi

Minou Norouzi is an Austrian-Iranian filmmaker, writer, and curator based in London (UK) and Athens (GR). She obtained her PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London supported by the Arts and Humanity Research Council (2018). Her research examines the objectification of the real in the context of interdisciplinary documentary practices. She draws from documentary studies, feminist film scholarship, and postcolonial ethnographic studies to reframe documentary ethics from a feminist materialist standpoint.

Whilst giving the impression of layered fiction her video works are routed in documentary practice. Thematic interests have included identity politics and the psychological landscapes of incubated desire, migration politics expressed through plant life or explored through social practice in collaboration with refugee youths. Her full-length biopic on the controversial 60s cultural icon Carlos Castaneda explores myth-making and the ‘fictioning’ of the anthropological real.

Her films have been shown at South London Gallery, Calvert 22 (London), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Telic Arts Exchange (Los Angeles), and at film festivals including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Kasseler Dok Fest, Videoex, Hot Docs.

Minou initiated the Arts Council England funded Sheffield Fringe project in 2011 and has been involved in organizing film-related events at Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Film Centre (London); S1 Artspace and Bloc Projects (Sheffield); UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art and apexart (New York); MARSistanbul and SALT Beyoğlu (Istanbul).

She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Arts at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland.



Norouzi, Minou. 2019. The Communicative Power of Silence: Why Are You Angry? Another Gaze, 03, pp. 61-66. ISSN 2516-3876

Norouzi, Minou and Ögrenci, Pinar. 2018. Mecazi mekân [ trans. Metaphorical Space ]. Art Unlimited, pp. 40-42.

Book Section

Norouzi, Minou. 2013. The Value of Disorientation. In: Polly Morris, ed. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists. Milwaukee, USA: The Greater Milwaukee Foundation. ISBN 9780984014569

Norouzi, Minou. 2013. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE: Investigating Instances of Showing. In: Jill Daniels; Cahal McLaughlin and Gail Pearce, eds. Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 135-148. ISBN 9781443849593

Conference or Workshop Item

Norouzi, Minou. 2019. 'La Familia – An Essayistic Road Movie in Development'. In: Spatial Mutuality Symposium. UCA Farnham, United Kingdom 23 May 2019.

Norouzi, Minou. 2019. 'La Familia – An Essayistic Road Movie in Development'. In: Human and Non-Human Migration and Mobility Symposium. University of Brighton, United Kingdom 25 March 2019.

Norouzi, Minou. 2019. 'On Discomfort and Empathy as Ethical Relations'. In: 107th CAA Annual Conference. College Art Association (CAA), United States 13-16 February 2019.

Norouzi, Minou. 2018. 'Documentary Futures in the Present'. In: Documentary Now!. BIMI, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom 15 December 2018.

Norouzi, Minou; Brebenel, Mihaela and Perneczky, Nikolaus. 2017. 'Object! On the Documentary as Art'. In: Object! On the Documentary as Art. Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom 4 February 2017.

Norouzi, Minou; Daniels, Jill and Pears, Gail. 2013. 'Truth Dare or More – Art and Documentary'. In: Visible Evidence XX. Stockholm, Sweden 15-18 August 2013.

Norouzi, Minou. 2012. 'Neither Here Nor There: Transcending Space In Search of a Collective Experience'. In: Exhibiting Video. University of Westminster, United Kingdom 23-25 March 2012.

Norouzi, Minou. 2011. 'On being captive versus roaming freely'. In: TED. Long Beach, California, United States February 2011.


Norouzi, Minou. 2018. Everything.

Norouzi, Minou. 2009. All Shades of Grey.

Norouzi, Minou. 2008. Anatomy of Failure.

Norouzi, Minou. 2007. Limb from Limb.

Norouzi, Minou. 2006. Imago.

Professional Activity

Norouzi, Minou. 2019. BODY POLITICS.


Norouzi, Minou. 2019. UNDOX 2019. In: "UNDOX 2019", Belvedere 21 – Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria, 22-23 November 2019.

Norouzi, Minou and Öğrenci, Pınar. 2018. Writing on the City. In: "Writing on the City", SALT Beyoğlu, Turkey, 12 May 2018.

Norouzi, Minou and Öğrenci, Pınar. 2018. Metaphorical Space. In: "Metaphorical Space", MARSistanbul, Turkey, 10 May – 3 June 2018.

Norouzi, Minou. 2017. Willing the Possible. In: "Willing the Possible", MARSistanbul, Turkey, 19 October – 2 December 2017.

Norouzi, Minou; Brebenel, Mihaela and Perneczky, Nikolaus. 2017. Concrete Futures. In: "Concrete Futures", Close-Up Film Centre, London, United Kingdom, 8 March 2017.

Norouzi, Minou. 2017. Rosalind Nashashibi: FILMN YOUR LIFE WITH FASHION. In: "Rosalind Nashashibi: FILMN YOUR LIFE WITH FASHION", Close-Up Film Centre, London, United Kingdom, 9 February 2017.

Norouzi, Minou. 2017. Mairéad McClean: Rerecorded Pasts. In: "Mairéad McClean: Rerecorded Pasts", Close-Up Film Centre, London, United Kingdom, 7 February 2017.

Norouzi, Minou; Brebenel, Mihaela and Perneczky, Nikolaus. 2017. The Feeling of Being. In: "The Feeling of Being", Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom, 4 February 2017.

Norouzi, Minou. 2016. Object Documentary. In: "Sheffield Fringe 2016", Bloc Projects Gallery, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 10 – 18 June 2016.

Norouzi, Minou. 2015. Kiss me, gentlemen - In Pursuit of Realness. In: "Kiss me, gentlemen - In Pursuit of Realness", UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 4 September 2015.

Norouzi, Minou and Mahlouji, Vali. 2014. Urban Observations, Tehran: What Kind of Modern?. In: "Sheffield Fringe 2014", Bloc Projects Gallery, United Kingdom, 8 June 2014.

Norouzi, Minou. 2013. Evidentiary Dilemmas. In: "Death of a Cameraman", apexart, New York, United States, 22 October 2013.

Norouzi, Minou. 2011. Mainstream 2.1. In: "Mainstream 2.1", Angus Hughes Gallery, United Kingdom, 9 December 2011.


Norouzi, Minou. 2018. Object Documentary: The Ethics of the Documentary Encounter Reframed. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London