My work explores how histories, places, identities and communities are constructed and reconstructed, and the shifting private and public narratives that comprise and contest those constructions. I am particularly fascinated by border zones, nomanslands, translations, transitions, and the slippages where cultures intersect; security cultures, archives, architectures of democracy, and national imaginaries; places where nature and artifice imitate and influence each other; and cities in conflict and post-conflict conditions. I work across multiple disciplines and maintain several ongoing, multi-year collaborations (with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly and visual artist Chitra Ganesh); the constants in my practice are video, site-specific and site-responsive work, database forms (linear and interactive, on and off-line), and art as public dialogue (and vice versa).
Mariam Ghani has been awarded NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from 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. Exhibitions and screenings include the Sharjah Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery in DC, transmediale in Berlin, and the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens Museums. Public, community-based and interactive projects have been commissioned by Creative Time, Turbulence, Visual Foreign Correspondents, Longwood, CEPA, and the Arab American National Museum. Critical texts have appeared in FUSE, Viralnet, Pavilion, the Sarai Reader, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA from SVA, and teaches at Parsons and Cooper Union. Website