Mána Hjörleifsdóttir Taylor is a writer, editor, and audio documentarian currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

She is the daughter of an Icelandic anthropologist and a Swiss-British art historian, and grew up frequently traveling to Asia and Europe. She has carried around a notebook or a camera with her for as long as she can remember.

Her work is influenced by mixing artistic processes with documentary research. She is the co-founder and editor of a magazine called The Documentarian, which strives for critical and original documentation in numerous forms; through writing, sound, photography and other mediums. She is a patient editor, a curious listener, and a storyteller.

Her art reviews have been published in Chicago Artist Writers, Newcity, Tides Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. As a collaborator, her words have also been featured at Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Norway), Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Arc Gallery (Chicago), and BBK Studios (Berlin) to accompany artworks.

Having additionally been immersed in the world of sound, she is looking to become a Story Editor for podcasts. She recently completed a Podcast workshop at Union Docs led by Neena Pathak, with lectures by Diane Wu, Kelly Prime, Ike Sriskandarajah, and more.

She speaks French and Icelandic with native fluency, and intermediate German. She is available for editorial assignments or artistic collaborations: manahaotaylor[at]gmail[dot]com

photo by Gabriella Achadinha