Màiri Lafferty works with moving image and sound. She has a background in sculpture and gained her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. 

With roots in folklore, the mystic and the mythic utopian ideal, her interest is in pattern, code and gesture as a way of building destructive and untrustworthy narrative.  The collection and manipulation of fragments examine the relationship between fact, anecdote and myth, exposing the slippage of truth and illuminating the fragility of collective history.

Using light as a catalyst, the smoke and mirrors of cinematic language, she uses moving image to create spaces where there is a sense of trespass and jeopardy. Images are at once true reflections of the physical world but also - like a reflection - a backward and flat imitation.


Màiri Lafferty is a visual artist, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has shown her work internationally, including CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum; in Exchange, L’Abominable, Paris; Grey Gardens, Dundee; Ripples On The Pond at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Time Will Tell at Talcual Galería de ArteContemporáneo, México.

Solo projects include Kiss The Shuttle at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, LOVE at Dundee Contemporary Arts and ABRACADABRA at Glasgow Project Room.

Màiri has been artist-in-residence at No-w-here Lab in London in 2015 and in 2009 was Newfoundland Artist in Residence at the 53rd Venice Biennale, supported by SCOTLAND+VENICE.  In 2016/17 she was commissioned by MAP magazine as part of their Footnoting the Archive project. Her 16mm film Droste formed the basis of an intervention with archival material that explored illumination, light, fire and darkness.