Màiri Lafferty is an artist and curator based in Scotland. She has worked as a freelance producer in film and visual art since 2005. Currently, she is the Curator of Engagement at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
As an artist, Màiri works predominantly with moving-image. Projects include: Droste with MAP as part of Footnoting the Archive and CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland with Cooper Gallery and Shanghai Himalayas Museum. She has undertaken residencies at Cove Park, Hospitalfield Arts and No-w-here lab in London. In 2017, she was awarded the RSA Morton Award to produce a new lens-based work.
With roots in folklore, the gothic and the mythic utopian ideal, her interest is in pattern, code and gesture as a way of building entropic narratives. The collection and manipulation of fragments examine the relationships between historical fact, anecdote and myth, exposing the slippage of truth and illuminating the fragility of collective history.
Màiri’s current project is about speaking in tongues and deals with themes of automatism, divination, language and the hypnotic.