Mariam Ghani is the child of immigrants from Afghanistan and Lebanon
Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Media Arts at School of Visual Arts
MARIAM GHANI is an artist, writer, filmmaker and teacher. Her work in video, installation, photography, and performance operates at the intersections between history, memory, place, identity, language, loss, and reconstruction.
Mariam was born in New York to an Afghan father and Lebanese mother. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and received the Fellowship for her MFA from SVA.
Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include the Queens Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Museum of Art, the Anchorage Museum, Ryan Lee Gallery in NYC, the Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, the Gatchina Museum in Saint Petersburg, and the CCCB in Barcelona. Major periodic exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13), the Sharjah Biennials 10 and 9, the Dhaka Art Summit, and the 2005 Liverpool Biennial. Screenings include MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the National Gallery in DC, the Berlinale Expanded Forum, CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, and the Rotterdam Film Festival. Publications include Creative Time Reports, Foreign Policy, Ibraaz, Manifesta Journal, the NYRBlog, Triple Canopy, and the 2015 anthologies The Gulf: High Culture, Hard Labor and Dissonant Archives. Recent interviews have appeared in Democracy Now, Scope, [wherever], M - arte y cultura visual, Modern Art Notes, St. Louis Public Radio, France 24, Al Jazeera America, and the NY Times.
Mariam has collaborated with Chitra Ganesh since 2004 as Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of renditions, redactions, deportations and detentions; with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly and composer Qasim Naqvi since 2006 on the series Performed Places; and with media archive collective Pad.ma and the Afghan national film institute since 2012 on the Afghan Films online archive. She is also a member of the Gulf Labor activist collective.
Mariam has been an artist in residence at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and has received grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, NYSCA, NYFA, the Experimental Television Center, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Turbulence, and the Longwood Digital Matrix. She currently teaches in the Social Practice program at Queens College, CUNY, and is a Robina Foundation Visiting Artist at the Yale Law School.