Curated Artist Registry

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Pouran Esrafily was born in Iran. She studied architecture in Kansas University and worked on projects like the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. while working for IM Pei in New York. Her sculptural furniture and lighting designs were exhibited in International shows and were included in a group show by Alchemia in Milan with the likes of Satsas, Mendini, Palladino and Stark. She studied acting at Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. She participated in an improvisational theater called ABC No Rio and had lead roles in independent films, one of them called, The Suitors, premiered in Cannes Film Festival.

She met Louise Bourgeois in 1994 and began collaborating with her. She wrote, directed and performed in a video at Bourgeois Studio with her sculptures to express her creative process of exorcism. Esrafily made a short experimental film about the life and work of Louise Bourgeois with Bourgeois playing herself. Esrafily filmed and moderated Louise Bourgeois' Sunday Salons from it's beginning in1997 to 2007 when it ended.

She withdrew into nature and solitude in 2000. She began Painting and Writing in 2000. Since 2010 She has made several films:

2011, "The Sun Will Rise" 97 min, Standard Definition Video,

2012, "Unknown", 96 min, High Definition Video,

2013, "Together Alone", 94 min, High Definition Video.

2013, She completed writing a full-length play and a book of poems.

2014, "Sagi Musume", 12 min, High Definition Video

2015, "HOME" , a full length script for film and stage, And a Collection of untitled poems

2017, "Earth and Sky", 80 min, High Definition Video.


1989, Cannes Film Festival, Lead role of ?Maryam? in ?The Suitors?

1990, Sao Paulo Film Festival, Lead role of ?Paula? in ?The Distribution of Lead?

1991, Alchemia, Milan, Group show of Fetishes Designed by the likes of Stark, Satsas, Mendini

1992, New York City, International Furniture design

1997, North Carolina, Lucy Daniels Foundation, Video

1998, New York City, National Arts Club, Video

1998, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Video

1999, New York, Alliance Frances, Video

1999, Washington DC, Corcoran Museum of Art, Video

2000, New York, Artist Space, Video 2000, New York, St. Mark?s Church, Video

2003, Pennsylvania, New Arts Program, Drawings

2005, Pennsylvania, Zollner Art Center, Lehigh University, Paintings and Drawings

2006, Pennsylvania, North Hampton Community College, Installation and Performance

2010, Pennsylvania, North Hampton Community College, Installation

2011, Ohio, Wexner Center for the Arts, Video

2014, Pennsylvania State Museum, Juried exhibition

2016, Pennsylvania, New Art Program, Video

Grants and awards

1997 Pennsylvania Council on the arts, Interdisciplinary

1997 Lucy Daniels Foundation 1997, 1998,

2000, Agnes Gund Foundation

1998 International Video Kunstpries, Germany, Performance Video

1997,1998,1999, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, Wexner Center for the Arts, post production editing 

2011 Lead Award for Photography, Germany

2015, New York, Creative Capital, On Our Radar, Video

2017, Wexner Center For the Arts, Post production editing.

Bibliography: 1989, For the lead role of Maryam in ?the Suitors?- New York Post, Daily News, New York Times, Voice, San Francisco Chronicles (USA) Le Monde, 20ANS, LEVENEMENT (France) 1989, For Furniture and Lighting Design- Studio Voice (USA) 2006, For filming and moderating Louise Bourgeois Sunday Salons- Artnews 2010, For Collaboration with Louise Bourgeois- Monopol (Germany) 2011, For Collaboration with Louise Bourgeois- Bolero (Germany)

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