Mariam Ghani (Afghanistan/Lebanon/USA) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores, engages with, and occasionally creates points of exchange, with a particular focus on conversations, translations, border zones and political transitions. She has been awarded the 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. Her work in video, installation and photography has been exhibited and screened internationally, most recently at the Sharjah Biennial, the Tate Modern, the Stadsgalerij Heerlen, the National Gallery in DC, and the Queens Museum in NYC. Ghani's public, community-based and interactive projects have been commissioned by Creative Time, Turbulence, CEPA, and the Arab American National Museum, among others.
Ghani also lectures widely, publishes critical writing 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 teaches at Cooper Union and in NYU's Art & Public Policy program.
Prominent recent exhibitions include:
Tarjama/Translation, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Queens Museum of Art, New York
Provisions for the Future, curated by Isabel Carlos and Jack Persekian at Sharjah Biennale 9, Sharjah, UAE
Artists in Exile, Arario Gallery, New York
Rotte Metropolitane (Metropolitan Routes), curated by Giaccomo Bazzani at Villa Roman, Florence, Italy
Democracy in America, Creative Time, New York
Everywhere is War (and rumours of war), Bodhi Art, Mumbia, India
Afghanistan on Film: New Video Art from Kabul, curated by Leeza Ahmady at National Gallery, Washington, DC