Kaz Rahman has worked extensively as Visual/Media Artist, Filmmaker and Academic with both commercial and public institutions, festivals and broadcasters over the last 20 years. His work has played in film festivals and venues such as Anthology Film Archives (New York City), National Film Board of Canada (Toronto), India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), Salar Jung Museum (Hyderabad), Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), The San Jose Museum of Art (California), Market Hall Fulldome (Plymouth), Bogazici Film Festival (Istanbul), SUFICINE Festival (Konya) and broadcast on TV24 (Turkey) and has been featured in publications such as The Times of India, The Hindu, The New Indian Express (India), Daily Sabah and Star Gazette (Turkey).
Rahman has a BFA in Visual Arts from York University in Toronto, Canada and an MFA in Media Arts (Writing/Directing) from City College (CUNY) in New York City and has previously taught at Universities/Colleges in Hyderabad (India), Pittsburgh (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Plymouth (UK) and Canterbury (UK).
Rahman is the Writer/Director and Editor of two narrative feature films (Salaat 2010 and Deccani Souls 2012) as well as several experimental shorts. The independently produced feature films can be described as ‘Art Cinema’ in the tradition of 1960’s European and 1990’s Iranian cinema while also exploring the convergence of Fiction/Documentary and themes such as time, memory and narrative dreams. He developed an original program on Contemporary Islamic Arts for the Turkish broadcaster TRT World (English) with different one-word themes each episode; Green and Blue (2015) is a pilot episode around the theme of poetry that combines high-profile interviews, live performances and original cinematic poems.
In 2017 and 2018 he promoted his book Islamic Art and Modernism: Formal Elements in Painting, Architecture and Film with a lecture and book launch at venues such as Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival and Moholy-Nagy University in Budapest, Hungary. He contributes essays on film, art and politics for cinema and current affairs publications. Other recent projects for Rahman include work as Production Designer combining video, animation and light for the set design of an original opera by E. Miranda (featuring the BBC singers and with language by D. Peterson from Game of Thrones) called Lampedusa and programmer for a series of films for the Directions Series (Mayflower 400, Plymouth 2020) which involved working with Artist/Filmmakers across countries and cities around the world. He is currently working on the multimedia project Digital Dervish which has performances in the UK, Canada and Dubai and included production of an original 360 immersive film.
Rahman has taught a wide variety of courses related to Film and Video Production and Media Theory at a number of institutions over the last 15+ years. These include subjects such as Storytelling, Adaptation, Directing, Cinematography and Lighting, Video Production and Editing as well as Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Abstract Filmmaking and the history of American and World Cinemas. He is teaching Editing, Video Art and Sound Art at the University of Tennessee School of Art.
MFA, City College of New York (CUNY)