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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Film, Video
I am...
Video artist $ film maker
About my artwork
Mania Akbari was born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. From the year 1991 she began her career by exhibiting nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions as a painter. She then was exposed to cinema by working as a cinematographer and assistant director on a few documentaries.[3]
In the year 2002 herself, her son Amin Maher and her sister Roya Akbari depicted part of her real life in front of the camera for Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, which entered the competition at Cannes Film Festival in the same year. The following year she made a documentary called Crystal. In 2004 she wrote, acted and directed her first feature length film 20 Fingers, which won the best film in Venice Film Festival's Digital Cinema section. From there on 20 Fingers was screened and received awards from more than 40 film festivals around the world. Between the years 2004 to 2007 she made 6 Video Arts titled Self, Repression, Sin, Escape, Fear, and Destruction, which participated in numerous festivals such as Locarno Film Festival and exhibited at museums such as Tate Modern. In 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She directed and acted in her second feature film, 10+4, a sequel to Abbas Kiarostami's Ten made four years after. This film was exhibited at numerous festivals such as San Sebastian International Film Festival. This film also received numerous awards such as the Nantes Special Award, and the award for best film and best director at Kerala Film Festival.
From 2007 to 2010 she worked on numerous photo-based works that were featured in numerous galleries and art auctions. After the internal struggle and conflict of 2010 in Iran, she made a cautious documentary about the execution of Behnoud Shojaee, titled 30 Minutes To 6. Although the filmmaking atmosphere was becoming more closed and controlled, she decided to make her third feature length film in 2011 titled OneTwoOne, which also was exhibited in numerous film festivals around the world. In the same year she started working on her next film, originally titled Women Do Not Have Breasts. She wrote, directed and acted in this film as well. During the making of this film numerous filmmakers were arrested in Iran, and since the state confined limit of expression contradicted her thoughts and true self and the barred atmosphere distanced her from her mode of expression, she left Iran with her film forever. She finished the rest of her film in London in 2012 and changed the title of the film to From Tehran To London followed by that she made two short video arts titled "In My Country, Men Have Breasts," and "I slept with my mother, my father, my brother and my sister in a country called Iran."
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
Assistant director - Old man of Harra By Mahvash sheikholeslami (2001)
First actress in feature film - 10 By Abbas Kiarostami (2002)
Directed documentary - Crystal /Dv color /54 min (2003)
Director and actress - feature film 20 Fingers /Dv color/73min (2004)
Directed 6 Video Arts - Self , Repression, Sin , Escape, Fear and Devastation.(Dv color 2004- 2007)
Director and actress - feature film 10+4 /HD color/ 77min (2007)
10Photo-based works - This is Mania-This is not Mania (2007)
10Photo-based works - This is not Mania- This is not Mandana(2008)
Photo-based work- Van Goghs Ear (2008)
10Photo-based works - Devastation (2009)
10Photo-based works - My Family (2009)
Photo-based work - My Guernica (2009)
10Photo-based work - To Be Mandana, To Be Not Mandana (2009)
7Photo-based work - Happy Marriage, Mania Akbari & Behnoud Shojaee(2010)
Directed - Documentary 30 minute to 6 /DvColor/53min (2009–10)
Directed - feature film OneTwoOne/ HD Color/85 min (2010)
Directed and acted - feature film From Tehran to London /HD Color/67 min (2011–12)
Directed Video Art - In My Country, Men Have Breasts /HD Color/ 3min (2012)
Directed Video Art - I slept with my mother, my father, my brother and my sister in a country called Iran / HD Color/ 6min (2012)
[edit]Awards and honors

Film 20Fingers Winner of the Best feature film in Venezia Cinema Digital Section (Venice, Italy - 2004)
Film 20Fingers The Grand jury prize for the spirit of freedom in Bahamas International Film Festival (Bahamas - 2004)
Film 20Fingers Special Mention Femina International Women's Film Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 2005)
Film 20Fingers Winner of Best Director and Best Actress Digital International Barcelona Film Festival(Barcelona, Spain - 2005)
Film 20Fingers Winner of the Most Innovative film Award Wine Country International Film Festival (California, USA - 2005)
Film10+4 of Young Public in Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes,France - 2007)
Film10+4 Winner of the Best film and Best Director awards in International Film Festival of Kerala (Karala, India - 2007)
Film10+4 Winner of Thank You Honor to Mania Akbari Special Prize by the head of the Filmmor International Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey - 2008)
Film 10+4 Winner of the Best Actress in Section Mondo Chico Festival( Spain - 2008)
Film 10+4 Winner of the Best film Award in L'Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona(Barcelona, Spain - 2008)

Video Arts
Kakhe Niyavaran/ Niavaran Palace Gallery - gallery (Tehran,Iran - 2004)
Locarno International Film Festival – special screening (Locarno, Switzerland - August 2005)
15th Videobrasil( Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2005)
City of Women International Film Festival of Contemporary Arts ( Ljubljana, Slovenia - 2005)
Peru International Film Festival - screening (Lima, Peru - 2005)
Salento International Film Festival - screening (Salento, Italy - 2005)
Rochester-High Falls International Film Festival - exhibition (Rochester,NY,USA - 2005)
Gijón International Film Festival - exhibition (Gijon, Spain - 2005)
Iranian Group Exbition (Rome,Italy - 2006)
Tate Modern at Tate Museum - screening of Video Art - Self(2007) (London, UK - 2007)
Xerxes Art Gallery (London,UK - 2008)
Caledonia Festival - screening (Udine,Italy - March 2009)
The Royal College of Art - screening of Video Arts Self and Sin (London, UK - October 2009)
[edit]Photo-based Works
Tarahan Azad Gallery (Tehran, Iran - 2008)
10 Gallery (Tehran,Iran - 2008)
Tarahan Azad Gallery (Tehran,Iran - 2009)
Magic of Persia's Auction (Dubai, UAE - 2009)
Mellat Gallery (Tehran, Iran - 2009)
Phillips de Pury & Company Auction (London, UK - 2009)
Pierre cornette de saint cyr (Paris, France - 2009)
Christie's Auction (Dubai, UAE - 2009)
Bonhams Auction (Dubai, UAE - 2010)
Bonhams Auction (NYC, USA - 2010)
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At 19:22 on September 18, 2012, Askush Nuk said…

Thank you for your positive comment.

Best Regards,


At 7:58 on August 24, 2012, PETIT DELOR said…


At 16:51 on August 16, 2012, Ceren Ceylaner said…

hi...teşekkür ederim....thanks....

At 3:12 on April 20, 2012, hixwerybrey said…

nice to meet you.
I have funny lovely fashion shop for lovely girl.
I sewing by myself.Use well fabric,cotton100%I will update new products,always.
I hope you are my member.

At 9:47 on April 10, 2012, Satoshi Koyama Gallery said…

hi, thanks for the invitation.

Visit Tokyo!

At 0:50 on April 9, 2012, Jochi Muñoz said…

Hola Mania, es un placer que me hayas agregado como amigo. Ya trataré de buscar en la red tus producciones, y porder disfrutar de las mismas. Un saludo desde Santo Domingo,

                                      Jochi Muñoz







At 17:26 on March 15, 2012, David Emmanuel Noel said…

Hello Mania. You have an impressive CV. A pleasure to meet you here on Art Review. Wishing you continued success with your career. Keep in touch. David

At 16:09 on March 12, 2012, IOAN MARCU said…

Hello Mania, I am pleased to meet you here on Artreview. I am from Timisoara-Romania, and from 1999 I live in Davenport, IA, USA, wit my twins (Natalia and Cristian Marcu).16&16 years old. I like your Artwork . You have a deep message. Thank you ! Ioan Marcu.(ioanmarcu@live.com) , (facebook.com/ioanmarcu1) , (www.flick/photos.com).

At 22:15 on March 11, 2012, JOEL SCHILLER said…

Hi, glad to meet you.

At 15:40 on March 11, 2012, Mark Greyland said…

Hello Mania.

Thank you for reaching out. From what I see of your career as a cinematographer and filmmaker, your work is serious and socially relevant. Although I am delighted to be your friend I am wondering what it is that caused you to reach out to an abstract srtist who is devoted to geometry. Please understand that you do not need to reply or comment: I know that communication for artists outside of their chosen media can be difficult. However, as I am in the same boat regarding communication I will try "Hello, I am pleased to meet you" and see how it goes.

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