Mariam Ghani 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, including at the Sharjah Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery in DC, the New York Video Festival, the Asia Society, the Danish Film Institute, transmediale and PLAY in Berlin, Smart Project Space, Gemak and the Stadsgalerij Heerlen in the Netherlands, Futura in Prague, Curtacinema in Rio de Janeiro, EMAP in Seoul, d/Art in Sydney, Bodhi Art in Mumbai, and the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens Museums. Her public, community-based and interactive projects have been commissioned by Creative Time, Turbulence, artwurl, the Longwood Digital Matrix, CEPA in Buffalo, and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn for its inaugural exhibition. Her critical writing on disappearance, warm data, and networked archives has been featured in FUSE, Viralnet, Pavilion, the Sarai Reader 05, Samar, Arts and Leisure, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. Ghani also lectures widely and organizes/moderates exhibitions, workshops, and discussions; Index of the Disappeared, her collaboration with Chitra Ganesh, organized a four-part roundtable series at four different venues in spring 2008. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media from SVA, and currently teaches at Cooper Union and in NYU's Art & Public Policy program.
During her residency at Eyebeam, Ghani produced the 3-channel interactive video installation Kabul: Constitutions (www.kabul-reconstructions.net/constitutions), which mapped the process of the Afghan constitutional assembly onto the space where it took place.