Biography

Miranda Pennell’s current moving-image work uses photographic archives as the starting point for reflection on colonial legacies.   

Selected one-person screenings include retrospective programmes at Stuttgart FilmWinter Festival for Expanded Media (2019), Choreography and Archives, Filmmuseum Munich (2017), Photofilm: Sampling the Archive, Institut Français, Budapest (2017), Choreocinema: Siobhan Davies & Miranda Pennell, Barbican, London (2017), Irish Film Institute, Dublin (2016), Close Up Cinema, London (2016), retrospectives at Glasgow Short Film Festival (2011), Vienna International Shorts (2011),  Tampere Short Film Festival (2009) Oberhausen Short Film Festival (2006).

Group  exhibitions include Intersectional Geographies (2022) Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, Tanzbilder, New Museum for Art and Design, Nuremberg (2019), Lahore Biennale 02 (2018), All Systems Go, Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2016),  Europe – The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zurich (2015), and The World Turned Upside Down,  Mead Gallery (2013).

Pennell received an MA in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths College, and a doctorate on film, photography, and colonial archives from Centre for Research in Education and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, funded by an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Pennell trained in contemporary dance before she started working with the moving image. Pennell’s award-winning films exploring aspects of collective performance and choreography have been widely screened and broadcast internationally.  She has worked as a commercials director, as a lecturer on film, video and performance practices, and she also writes, curates and as an activist she organises around culture and human rights.