Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose research-based practice operates at the intersections between place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction. She has been awarded the NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, CEC ArtsLink, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Experimental Television Center, and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Her work in video, installation and photography has been exhibited and screened internationally, including at the Sharjah Biennials 9 and 10, the 2005 Liverpool Biennial, the Beijing 798 Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the National Gallery in DC, transmediale in Berlin, Futura in Prague, Curtacinema in Rio de Janeiro, EMAP in Seoul, d/Art in Sydney, and Bodhi Art in Mumbai. Her public and participatory projects have been commissioned by Creative Time in New York, CEPA in Buffalo, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Visual Correspondents in Berlin and Amsterdam, and Turbulence, artwurl, and the Longwood Digital Matrix online. Her critical writing on disappearance, warm data, and networked archives has been featured in FUSE, Viralnet, Pavilion, the Sarai Reader 05, Samar, the Radical History Review, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, and the artist newspapers Common Possibilities and Arts and Leisure. Press coverage includes the New York Times, New York Sun, Brooklyn Rail, CBS and WNYC, locally; Germany's Die Zeit, Die Welt, FAZ, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 3Sat TV, Radio1, and Hessicher Rundfunk; ARTE TV, Le Monde and Beaux Arts magazines in France; Konstforum and national radio in Sweden; Spain's El Mundo, Beirut’s Daily Star, Brazil’s O Globo, Turkey's Hurriyet, New Delhi’s Economic and Political Weekly, the Prague Post, the Gulf News, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Slovenian TV, and the VOA and BBC Persian radio services, internationally; and ART, Artforum, Art Papers, Art Asia Pacific, Afterimage, the Art Newspaper, Bidoun, Canvas, the Fader, the Independent, Kunsthart, Monopol, RES, Studies in Documentary Film, and Viralnet, in the art press. Index of the Disappeared, her collaboration with Chitra Ganesh, has also been discussed in a number of academic journals, dissertations, essays and books. Ghani also lectures widely and organizes/moderates exhibitions, workshops, and discussions. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA in Photography, Video + Related Media from SVA, and has taught at Cooper Union, Parsons, the Art & Tech program at Stevens, the Public Practice program at Otis, and NYU's Art + Public Policy program.
education + distinctions
January 2000 B.A. summa cum laude with honors in Comparative Literature, New York University.
Areas of Specialization: Italian Literature, Cinema Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Distinctions: Sir Harold Acton Memorial Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, Dean's Undergraduate Research Grant,
Italian Departmental Award for Best Student, elected to Phi Beta Kappa in junior year.
May 2002 MFA summa cum laude in Photography, Video & Related Media, School of Visual Arts
Areas of Specialization: Video, Installation + New Media
Distinctions: Aaron Siskind Memorial Scholarship, 2001.
fellowships, awards + residencies
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Project Grant, 2012
CEC ArtsLink Grant, 2011
LMCC Swing Space Residency, Governors Island, 2010
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists & Communities Grant, 2007-08
Experimental Television Center Finishing Funds Grant, 2007
Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship, 2006-07
Longwood Digital Matrix Commission, 2006
Smack Mellon Artist in Residence, 2005-06
NYFA Fellowship in Computer Arts, 2005
Eyebeam Atelier Artist in Residence, 2004
Turbulence.org Net Art Commission, 2004
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist in Residence, Woolworth Building, 2003-04
Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2002-03
Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2001-02
selected exhibitions + screenings
*indicates solo or collaborative presentation
dOCUMENTA (13), curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Kassel, Germany, and Kabul, Afghanistan.
Her Stories, curated by Jaishri Abichandani and Josheen Oberoi. Queens Museum of Art, NYC.
Absolute Democracy, curated by Carlos Motta and Oliver Ressler. rotor, Graz, Austria.
Acts of Voicing, curated by Iris Dressler and Hans Christ. Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany.
American Chambers, curated by Inhee Iris Moon. Gyeongnam Art Museum, Korea.
Between Heaven and Earth, curated by David Elliott. Calvert 22, London, UK.
*Modern Mondays: Mariam Ghani, curated by Barbara London. Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial, curated by Suzanne Cotter, Rasha Salti and Haig Aivazian. Sharjah, UAE.
Left, curated by Christopher Lew. Aicon Gallery, NYC.
Afghaans Film Festival. Rialto, Amsterdam, NL.
New York City Chronicles, curated by Maymanah Farhat + Osama Abusitta. VCU Gallery, Qatar.
Art of War. CEPA Gallery, Buffalo NY.
Structures Within an Intervention, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode. The Guild Art Gallery, NYC.
Territories of the In/Human, curated by Hans Christ + Iris Dressler. Wurttembergische Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany.
*Video 2010: Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly. Momenta Art, Brooklyn NY.
Visual Foreign Correspondents: Berlin. Public projections at U-Bahn Kochstrasse and the Hungaricum, Berlin, and CASZuidas and the Melkweg, Amsterdam.
Conversation Pieces, curated by Mariam Ghani + Sean Donaher. CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
Beijing 798 Biennial: Translational Aesthetics, curated by Jaishri Abichandani + Alexandra Loewenstein. Dashanzi Art District, Beijing.
Tarjama/Translation, curated by Leeza Ahmady + Iftikhar Dadi. Queens Museum of Art, NYC. (*opening night performance)
Sharjah Biennial 9: Provisions for the Future, curated by Isabel Carlos + Jack Persekian. Sharjah, UAE.
Artists in Exile. Arario Gallery, NYC.
Rotte Metropolitane / Metropolitan Routes, curated by Giacomo Bazzani. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy.
Democracy in America, curated by Nato Thompson. Creative Time, New York, NY.
Everywhere is War (and rumours of war). Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India.
Afghanistan on Film: New Video Art from Kabul, curated by Leeza Ahmady. National Gallery, Washington, DC.
Group Show. Lemmons Contemporary, New York, NY.
Future Afghanistan, curated by Robert Kluijver. Gemak, The Hague, Netherlands.
Infinitu et Contini: Repeated Histories, Reinvented Resistances, curated by Denise Carvalho. Smack Mellon, NYC.
Encounters, Part II, curated by Femke Lutgerink. Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Netherlands.
25 Years Later: Welcome to Art in General, curated by Anne Barlow, Sofia Hernandez, Anthony Marcellini. UBS Art Gallery, NYC.
Sultana’s Dream, curated by Jaishri Abichandani. Exit Art, NYC.
Mariam Ghani, Seung Pyo Hong, Damaso Reyes. Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.
Undisclosed Recipients: Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2007, curated by Dale Hudson and Sharon Lin Tay. Ithaca, NY and online.
The Anatomy of Ignorance, curated by Cherry Jones. Tate Modern, London, UK.
New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival. Tribeca Cinemas, NYC.
Spectral Evidence, curated by Steven Lam. Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Longwood Arts Projects: Then and Now, curated by Edwin Ramoran and Juanita Lanzo. Haven Arts, Bronx, NY.
Welcome, curated by Kara Lynch. Liebling Center for Film, Photo & Video, Hampshire College, MA.
Underfire, curated by Ryan Griffis. I Space Gallery, Chicago.
Fair Play 2006 Video Festival. Play Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Sommerfest 2006. Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.
Fast Futures: Asian Video Art, curated by Melissa Chiu, Barbara London, Leeza Ahmady. Bose Pacia Gallery / Rubin Museum of Art, NYC.
If a cat gives birth to kittens in an oven, are they kittens or biscuits? curated by Dean Daderko. Roebling Hall, NYC.
Interdigitate New Media Festival. Galatos, Auckland, New Zealand.
d/Art/2006. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.
Detained. Asian American Art Center, NYC.
Site 92. Smack Mellon, NYC.
Moving Time: Tribute to Nam June Paik, curated by Iris Inhee Moon. Gallery Korea, NYC.
The Studio Visit. Exit Art, NYC.
America: Are We Drowning? Art Murmur, Los Angeles
*Security Blanket: 55 Washington Recording Sessions. d.u.m.b.o. Art Under the Bridge Festival 2005. (site-specific installation/performance in collaboration with Nini Hu)
In the Shadow of Heroes. ArtEast, Bishkek, Kyrgysztan.
The World Is a Safer Place: A Survey of Nonconformist Art, curated by Francis Gomila. The Globe City Gallery, Newcastle, UK.
Puntos Cardinales, curated by Carlos Motta. PS122, NYC.
After Effects, curated by Erin Donnelly. September 8th – 11th: What Comes After: Cities, Art + Recovery. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC. October 18th – November 4th: 15 Nassau, NYC.
18th Annual Dallas Video Festival. Dallas Museum of Art & Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX.
Media in “f”: 5th Ewha Media Art Presentation, curated by Iris Inhee Moon. Ewha Art Center, Seoul, Korea.
BROOKLin Video. Futura, Prague, Czech Republic.
Political Video from New York, curated by Louky Keijsers. Objectnotfound, Monterrey, Mexico.
IN/VISIBLE: Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists, curated by Salwa Mikdadi. Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI. (commissioned project for inaugural exhibition)
The Taste of Others, curated by Leeza Ahmady. Apex Art, NYC.
Independent Heroines 2005 Film Festival. The Cube Cinema, Bristol, UK.
Produced@Eyebeam: Work in Process, curated by Benjamin Weil and Kathleen Forde. Eyebeam Atelier, NYC.
Democracy Was Fun, , curated by Raul Zamudio & Juan Puntes. White Box, NYC.
CPH:DOX. Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.
d.u.m.b.o. Short Film & Video Festival, curated by Les LeVeque and Daniella Dooling. d.a.c, NYC.
Liverpool Biennial 2004: The Transparent Eyeball, curated by Lauren Cornell and Astria Suparak. September 18th – 19th: FACT Centre for Film, Art & Creative Technology; September 18th – October 23rd: Biennial Mobile Cinema, 55 New Baird St. Warehouse, Independent Quarter. Liverpool, UK.
5th Biennial New Arts Program Video Festival. Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC. (tour selection, honorable mention for experimental video; jurors John Hanhardt & Sally Berger)
Fear Will Not Silence Us. Alwan, NYC.
*Six Feet Under: Make Nice : Chitra Ganesh & Mariam Ghani, curated by Melissa Chiu. White Box, NYC.
Blow the Conch, curated by Nitin Mukhul. July 24th, 2004. PS122, NYC.
Explosion LTTR: Elusive Quality, curated by Lauren Cornell and Astria Suparak. Participant Inc., NYC.
Subway Series: The Mets & Our National Pastime, curated by Carlo McCormick. Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY.
Theater, Music, Words & Film on the Immigrant Experience. The Asian American Writers Workshop, NYC.
Un-American Films. July 4th, 2004. Rooftop Films Summer Season, The River Project, Pier 26, NYC.
In a Time of War. Allied Media Conference Film Festival, curated by Rooftop Films. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Tactical Action: Hit 'n Run, curated by Louky Keijsers. Gigantic Art Space/Pier 63, NYC.
Martha & Me. Gallery Onetwentyeight, NYC.
Contemporaneity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Video Works, curated by Leeza Ahmady. Peace & Respect Festival, Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic; Academy of Fine Arts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, curated by Charlotta Kotik and Tumelo Mosaka. Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY.
*Seeing Through Afghanistan: Afghanistan Re-Viewed Through Music & Film. March 26th-28th, 2004. Wesleyan University, CT. (solo screening, performance & lecture within three-day event)
[R][R][F] 2004 : [Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting], curated by Agricola de Cologne. February 20th - March 15th, 2004. National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucaresti, Romania, BEK Bergen, Norway and Folly New Media Institute, Lancaster, UK. April 1st - May 16th, 2004: 2nd Thai New Media Art Festival, Bangkok, Thailand; Now Music Streaming Festival, Berlin; BASICS Festival, Salzburg, Austria; Pescara Electronic Arts & Media Festival, Pescara, Italy; Version04Festival, Chicago, IL. June 21st –August 3rd: VI Havana Salon y Coloquio de Arte Digital, Cuba; Split Festival of New Film & New Media, Croatia; public_space_festival Yerevan, Armenia; West Coast Numusic & Electronic Arts Festival Stavanger, Norway. September 13th-30th: Perth Biennale of Electronic Arts, Australia. Online at www.newmediafest.org/rrf2004/ through December 2004.
Universal Games/Everything Is Gonna Be Alright. Cantor Film Center, New York University, NYC. (two-person screening within the spring season of Cinema East, co-sponsored by the Directors' Series of the NYU Film Department)
13a Mostra Curtacinema. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (opening night selection)
Canal Street Projection Project. New Orleans, LA.
*Permanent Transit, curated by Francis Gomila. Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
5th Biennial New Arts Program Video Festival. Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ.
Breaking News. stART@Judson Church, NYC.
AIM 23, curated by Lydia Yee and Amy Rosenblum-Martin. Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC.
The New York Video Festival. Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC.
Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction. Exit Art, NYC.
transmediale.03: play global! Berlin, Germany.
[BLANK]: In Pursuit of An American History, curated by Stephanie Dinkins. SAC Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.
Init.Two. Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.
Media(less) Medium. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston.
Afghan-American Women in Film. Asia Society, NYC.
=7. Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn, NY.
Lost & Found. Visual Arts Gallery, SoHo, NYC.
Mango, curated by Edwin Ramoran and Melissa Chiu. Talwar Gallery, NYC.
(far from) Home Videos, curated by Jarryd Lowder. Remote Lounge, NYC.
* Parallel Frames. Fletcher School of International Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston. (Solo screening & artist talk)
* Parallel Frames. Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. (Solo screening & artist talk)
Progress/Armenia Dreams Gasoline. Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia.
* Parallel Frames. November 30, 2001. Middle East Film Series, Kevorkian Center & Center for Media, Culture, & History, New York University, NYC. (Solo screening & artist talk)
Works in Progress. January 2000. The Clairaudience Collective, Williamsburg, NYC.
Repeat Fugitive/Nachdenkung uber die Einsamkeit. March 1999. Dreams Cafe, Florence, Italy.
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