Artist; writer; filmmaker; teacher, Queens College

New York City, USA

Mariam Ghani

Mariam Ghani’s work explores the ways in which histories, places, identities, and communities are constructed and reconstructed. Her research-based practice spans video, installation, photography, performance, and text. Ghani’s exhibitions and screenings have been presented at venues including the Rotterdam, CPH:DOX and transmediale film festivals, the Sharjah and Liverpool Biennials, dOCUMENTA (13) in Kabul and Kassel, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington DC, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the CCCB in Barcelona. Her writing has appeared in Creative Time Reports, Foreign Policy, Ibraaz, Triple Canopy, and the Manifesta Journal. Recent curatorial projects include the international symposium Radical Archives, the traveling film program History of Histories, and the collaborative exhibition Utopian Pulse. Ghani has collaborated with artist Chitra Ganesh since 2004 in Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of post–9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions, and redactions; with choreographer Erin Kelly since 2006 on the video series Performed Places; and with media archive collective since 2012 on the Afghan Films online archive. Ghani has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, the Graham Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, NYSCA, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center, and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from New York University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She is the 2014–15 Freund Teaching Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, and will teach in the Social Practice program at Queens College starting in fall 2015.