Originally residing from the Sunshine State, Metrah Pashaee is a Middle Eastern-American audio-visual artist and independent filmmaker currently completing her MFA in Film and Video Production at the University of Iowa. As an Iowa Arts Fellowship recipient, a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and a receiver of the 2015 Princess Grace Foundation’s Graduate Film Award, Metrah devotes her time and attention to practicing creative audio-visual production.
Exercising a keen interest in generating provocative and thoughtful image and sound design, Metrah strives to make experimentally formal and conceptually nuanced work. Utilizing a multitude of techniques to record and collect images and sounds, her films showcase an assembly of complex and playful collage.
Her films investigate critically relevant dilemmas of identity formation, the sociopolitical burdens tied to the human agent, and how in the act of mediation the potential to derive an alterative way to perceive the body arises. Reoccurring themes present in the content of her work involve the subject of human and non-human bodies: the body as an agent of action, the body as a tabooed vessel, the body as a site of uncertainty.
Metrah’s unconventional films have screened at various national and international cinematic and media art venues: The Images Film and Music Festival, Microscope Gallery, the Black Maria Film Festival + Tour, Lausanne Underground Film Festival, the Anthology Film Archives and the Antimatter Media Arts Festival among others.