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

Creative Capital Award, 2015
Art Matters Grant, 2014
Freund Fellowship, Washington University and St. Louis Art Museum, 2014-15
NYSCA Electronic Media & Film Finishing Funds Grant, 2014
Artist in Residence, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, 2013-14
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 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
*Currents 110: Mariam Ghani, The City & The City. St. Louis Art Museum.
*Mariam Ghani: Like Water from a Stone. Ryan Lee Gallery, NYC.
*Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly: It Could Go Either Way. Curated by Amy Mackie. Anchorage Museum, Alaska.
Making Borders, curated by Dongsei Kim and Seoyoung Kim. DNA, Berlin.
Frames of War, curated by Natasha Llorens. Momenta Art, NYC.
Border Cultures Part 3 (security, surveillance), curated by Srimoyee Mitra. Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario.
*Under Siege: Mariam Ghani & Omer Fast, curated by Chus Martinez. CCCB, Barcelona.
*Going, Going, Gone. RLWindow, Ryan Lee Gallery, NYC.
Shangri La: Imagined Cities, curated by Rijin Sahakian. LA Municipal Art Galleries, Los Angeles.
Sweet Dew – After 1980, curated by Michelle Hyun. Biennale Special Project, Gwangju Art Museum, Korea.
Temporary Center for Translation, cur. Omar Berrada & Taraneh Fazeli, New Museum, NYC.
Parles pour toi / Speak for yourself, curated by Marie Muracciole. Marian Goodman, Paris.
*Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly: It Could Go Either Way. Curated by Amy Mackie. Rogaland Kunstsenter, Norway.
*Index of the Disappeared: Watch This Space. Kimmel Center & Kevorkian Center, NYU.
*Index of the Disappeared: Secrets Told. A/P/A Institute, NYU.
La biblioteca y el saber, curated by Piedad Solans. KMK, San Sebastián, Spain.
Dass ich den Mond sähe im Schlaf ..., cur. Axel Lapp. MEWO Kunsthalle, Germany.
*A Brief History of Collapses, Gatchina Museum, St. Petersburg.
Architecture Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
No-Madness in No-Mans-Land, cur. Leeza Ahmady & Ombretta Agro. Eslite Gallery, Taiwan.
Biennale Online, organized by Jan Hoet, section curated by Nancy Spector.
Psychic Geographies, curated by Anneka Herre. Urban Video Project, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY.
Only A Signal Shown, curated by Tamaneh Hemami. Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA.
42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Acts of Voicing, curated by Iris Dressler and Hans Christ. Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong and Total Museum, Seoul.
dOCUMENTA (13), curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Kassel, Germany, and Kabul, Afghanistan.
*Mariam Ghani: Tracery. Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley, CA.
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.
CPH:DOX. Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen.
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 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.

catalogues + publications

*please see here for PDFs of critical texts

"The Trespassers: Transcripts", "Notes From a Boycott", and "Not An Exception: US Prison Policy From California to Cuba" (with Chitra Ganesh, Ramzi Kassem and Alexis Agathocleous) in Shangri La: Imagined Cities, edited by Rijin Sahakian and Mostafa Heddaya. Los Angeles DCA, 2014.
“Field notes for ‘What we left unfinished’: The artist and the archive.” Ibraaz, Platform 006, December 2013. Republished in Archival Dissonance: Knowledge Production and Contemporary Art (London: IB Tauris), 2014.
“Parable of the Garden.” Creative Time Reports, October 2013. Co-published as “Afghan Bloom” in Foreign Policy.
“Mariam Ghani & Pradeep Dalal.” Memories Can't Wait. International Center for Photography, 2013.
"The Islands of Evasion: Notes on the Politics and Poetics of International Art English." Triple Canopy, June 2013.
"Filming the Many Afghanistans." Co-published by Creative Time Reports and the New York Review of Books online, January 2013. Republished, Art Asia Pacific online, April 2013.
"To Not Wait for the Archive," with Shaina Anand, Faiza Khan and Ashok Sukumaran. Mousse No. 34: An Issue About Documenta, Summer 2012.
"Panorama: History of Collapses." Abitare No. 523, June 2012.
dOCUMENTA (13): The Guidebook and dOCUMENTA (13): The Book of Books. Hatje Cantz, 2012.
"From the Rubble." Filmmaker Fall 2011, Vol. 20, #1. New York: IFP, 2011.
Afghanistan: A Lexicon, with Ashraf Ghani. Hatje Cantz & dOCUMENTA (13), 2011. Excerpted in the New York Review of Books online, September 2012.
“Introduction to an Index,” with Chitra Ganesh. Radical History Review No. 111: Historicizing 9/11. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, 2011.
"Mariam Ghani in conversation with Chitra Ganesh." Plot for a Biennial. Edited by Ghalya Saadawi. Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011.
Left. With an essay by Chris Lew. New York: SAWCC, 2010.
"Notes on the Disappeared (04-08)." One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature. Edited by Zohra Saed & Sahar Muradi. University of Arkansas Press, 2010.
Tarjama/Translation. Edited by Leeza Ahmady + Iftikhar Dadi. New York: ArteEast, 2009.
"Notes for a Shooting Script / Bidoun Questionnaire," with Erin Kelly. Provisions for the Future: Sharjah Biennial 9. Edited by Antonia Carver, Valerie Grove and Lara Khaldi. Sharjah/London: Bidoun, 2009.
Living Traditions: Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Essay by Constance Wyndham. Kabul: Turquoise Mountain, 2009.
Younger than Jesus: the Artist Directory. New York: New Museum/Phaidon, 2009.
A Guide to Democracy in America. New York: Creative Time Books, 2008.
"New World Borders." Common Possibility. San Francisco: Playspace Gallery, 2008.
Future Afghanistan. Edited by Robert Kluijver. Den Haag: Gemak, 2008.
Kabul: Constitutions - Annotated Guide to the Interactive Map. Text and diagrams by Mariam Ghani, photographs by Rick Vogels. Produced by Gemak, 2008. Reprinted without photographs by rotor (Graz) in 2012.
Encyclopedia of Arab American Art. Edited by Fayeq S. Oweis. NH: Greenwood, 2007.
New York, Of Course. Text by Ralph Herrmans. Stockholm: Wetterling Gallery, 2007.
"Afghanistan: Between the Tiger and the Precipice." FUSE 30th Anniversary Issue: Cultural Change in Real Terms. Toronto, October 2007.
25 Years Later: Welcome to Art in General. With essays by Anne Barlow, Sofia Hernandez, Anthony Marcellini. New York: Art in General, 2007.
Sultana’s Dream: SAWCC’s 10th Anniversary Visual Arts Exhibition. With essays by Jaishri Abichandani, Uzma Rizvi, and Lisa Varghese. New York: SAWCC/Exit Art, 2007.
"Seeing the Disappeared," with Chitra Ganesh. Pavilion Issue 10-11: What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next. Bucharest: May 2007.
"Divining the Question: An Unscientific Methodology for the Collection of Warm Data." Viralnet, Issue Viralzerosix. Los Angeles: Center for Integrated Media, CalArts, 2006.
The World Is a Safer Place: A Survey of Nonconformist Art. Newcastle: The Globe City Gallery, 2005.
"Unwritten Histories & the Digital Divide: On Critics, Archives and Networks." Arts & Leisure. New York: e-flux / Art in General, 2005.
Index of the Disappeared: Catalogue .100. ‘zine co-edited & produced with Chitra Ganesh, distributed by LMCC during the “Cities, Art & Recovery” conference on the fourth anniversary of 9/11. Black and white, run of 150, 8.5” x 7”, 2005. Includes contributions by Ghani, Ganesh, Jenny Polak, Joan Linder, and the Visible Collective.
"Seeing the Disappeared," with Chitra Ganesh. Samar Issue 19: Spring/Summer 2005.
IN/VISIBLE: Contemporary Art by Arab-American Artists. Detroit: Arab American National Museum, 2005.
"How Do You See the Disappeared?" Journal of Aesthetics & Protest #4. Los Angeles: AK Press, 2005.
"Towards a Visual Language of Resistance: Notes on the Disappeared," with Chitra Ganesh. Bare Acts: The Sarai Reader 05. Edited by Raqs Media Collective. New Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2005.
d.u.m.b.o. Short Film & Video Festival. New York: d.a.c., 2004.
Liverpool Biennial 2004: The Transparent Eyeball. London: Black Diamond, 2004. With essay by Lauren Cornell.
Subway Series. New York: ZingBooks, 2004. With essay by Carlo McCormick.
Open House: Working in Brooklyn. With essay by Charlotta Kotik & Tumelo Mosaka. New York: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.
13a Mostra Curtacinema. Rio de Janeiro: Quid Cultura, 2003.
5th Biennial New Arts Progam Video Festival. With essay by Ann Sargent-Wooster. Berks: New Arts Program, 2003.
AIM 23. With essay by Lydia Yee & Amy Rosenblum-Martín. New York: Bronx Museum of Art, 2003.
transmediale.03: play global! Berlin: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, 2003.
Mango. New York: South Asian Women's Creative Collective, 2002.
Pour La Victoire. Edited by surface2air. Paris: Spoon, 2002.

selected reviews + interviews

*All dOCUMENTA (13) press, including audio/video interviews and tours, blogs etc. compiled here and here (34 MB PDF).

"Curator Amy Mackie returns to Anchorage with an engrossing, challenging installation." Mike Dunham, Alaska Dispatch News, February 12th, 2015.
"L'arte di Mariam Ghani e l'utopia del non finito." Interview with Valentina Montisci and Antonio Cipriani. Globalist, September 29th, 2014.
"Asedios post Google Earth." Roberta Bosco, El Pais, September 28th, 2014.
"Aproximacions als setges contemporanis." Maria Gracia Larrégola, Nuvol, September 23rd, 2014.
"El arte como resistencia." Natalia Farré, El Periodico, September 17th, 2014.
"Els setges contemporanis a través de l'art i el debat." ACN, September 16th, 2014.
"El CCCB reflexiona sobre los asedios." La Vanguardia, September 16th, 2014.
"How L.A.'s Islamic art shows might expand our 'Middle East' vision." Carolina A. Miranda, LA Times, August 6th, 2014.
"Genius loci, stedets ånd." Sigrun Hodne, Stavanger Aftenbladet, May 13th, 2014.
"Biblioteca virtual." Ramón Esparza, El Cultural, March 28th, 2014.
"Digital Effects." Megan Heuer, Art in America, September 2013.
"Interview with Mariam Ghani." Zohra Saed, Asian American Literary Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, Autumn 2013.
"Island of happiness? Artist Mariam Ghani on art and exploitation in Abu Dhabi." Jeffrey Grunthaner, Art Radar Asia, August 2013.
"Absolute Democracy." Ellen Feiss, Frieze d/e, Winter 2013.
"Artists of a Moulting World." Meera Menezes, Art India, February 2013.
"Heiser im Kopf - Acts of Voicing: Uber die Politiken und Poetiken der Stimme in Stuttgart." Neues Deutschland, November 8th, 2012.
"Weites Feld - Klares Struktur." Nora Theiss, Art Magazine (Austria), October 12th, 2012.
"rotor - Izložba – 'Absolute Democracy (Apsolutna demokracija).'" Robert Tabula, Film Mag, September 30th, 2012.
"dOCUMENTA (13)." Julia Herzberg, Arte al Dia vol 16, no 8, fall 2012.
"Une documenta historique." Emmanuelle Lequeux, Beaux Arts, Fall 2012.
"dOCUMENTA (13): Collapse and Recovery." Pascale Viscardy, L’Art Même No. 56, Fall 2012.
"dOCUMENTA (13) – Kassel." Maria Nadotti, Doppiozero, Fall 2012.
"Zusammenbruch und Neubeginn." Rudolf Schmitz, Deutschland Radio, September 1st, 2012.
"Kasseler Kunsttherapie für Afghanistan." Christian Saehrendt, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 8/6/12.
"Profile: Mariam Ghani." Tess Thackara, Art Practical 3.19, July 2012.
"Mein Lieblingskunstwerk: Mariam Ghani's A Brief History of Collapses." Olaf Dellit, Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine, July 29th, 2012.
"La Documenta de Kassel s’attaque au thème de la destruction." Elisabeth Chardon, Le Temps (Geneva), July 7th, 2012.
"The Afghan Seminars – documenta 13." Anne Blood, Studio International, July 7th, 2012.
"dOCUMENTA (13) i Kassel." Magnus Bons, Konsten, July 3rd, 2012, republished in Kunstforum.
"Die Kassler Documenta im Kabul: Die Kunst als Aufbauhelfer." Ingo Arend, Die Tageszeitung, June 26th, 2012.
"Arranca dOCUMENTA (13) in Kabul." Javier Hontoria, El Mundo, June 20th, 2012.
"dOKUMENTA (13) - världens viktigaste konstutställning?" Mårten Arndtzén and Cecilia Blomberg, Sveriges Radio, aired June 16th, 2012.
"documenta - 100 Tage Kunst." Jeanette Kunsmann, BauNetzWoche No. 274, June 15th, 2012.
"Die documenta 13: Zusammenbruch und Wiederaufbau.” Natascha Pflaumbaum, ARTE, aired June 13th, 2012.
"Documenta 13." Ana Teixeira Pinto, Art Agenda, June 10th, 2012.
"Documenta: Verschrankt bis zum Umfallen." Almuth Spiegler, Die Presse, June 8th, 2012.
"Live von dOCUMENTA (13) aus Kassel." Joana Ortman, Bayern Radio 2, aired June 10th, 2012.
"So geht moderne kunst." Hans Joachim Müller, Die Welt, June 7th, 2012.
"Die Welt, die wir nicht betreten werden." Swantje Karich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 5th, 2012.
"dOCUMENTA (13) Rundgang." Brigitte Werneburg, Interview Germany, June 2012.
"Interview with Mariam Ghani." Charles Schultz, ArtSlant, June 2012.
"Mariam Ghani: A Brief History of Collapses." Amy Mackie, Nafas, June 2012.
"Documenta 2012: Mariam Ghani." Pamela Axmann, Art: Das Kunstmagazin, June 2012.
"Nächster Halt: Weltkunstschau." Silke Hohmann, Monopol, June 2012.
"A Broader Cultural Dialogue: A Discussion on Mapping and Cosmology." Lea Rekow and Tom Leeser, Viralnet: Radical Cosmologies, Fall 2011.
"Yet another eye opener from the region." Emīn Mahīr Balcioğlu, Hurriyet, April 3rd, 2011.
"Dances with wolves: four questions for Mariam Ghani." Muhammad Yusuf, Gulf News Today. February 17th, 2011.
"CEPA displays the profound, provocative 'Art of War.'" Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News, June 27th, 2010.
"Ausstellungen: Wozu ist Kulturaustauch gut?" Gabriele Hoffman, Stuttgarter Zeitung, May 4th, 2010.
Gayatri Gopinath, "Archive, Affect and the Everyday: Queer Diasporic Re-Visions" in Janet Staiger, Ann Cvetkovich, Ann Reynolds, eds., Political Emotions: New Agendas in Communication. Routledge, 2010.
"Warming Up Records: Archives, Memory, Power and Index of the Disappeared." Alice Royer, InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 6(1), January 25th, 2010.
"Kunst zum Mauerfall, Teil VII: New Yorks Mauerfall." Wenke Hussman, Die Zeit Online, November 9th, 2009.
"Interview with Mariam Ghani." Nanette Hooslag for Visual Correspondents, October 26th, 2009.
"CEPA Gallery’s Three-Month Show is the Talk of the Town." Colin Dabkowski, Buffalo News, September 11th, 2009.
"Future Diagnostics at the Sharjah Biennial 2009." Srimoyee Mitra, FUSE vol. 32, #4, September 2009.
"Artists in Exile." Review by Meenakshi Thirukode. Art Asia Pacific #64, July/August 2009.
"Sharjah Biennial 9." Review by November Paynter. Art Asia Pacific #64, July/August 2009.
"9e Biennale de Sharjah: Provisions for the Future." Review by Cécilia Bezzan. Kunsthart #50, April 16th, 2009.
"Sharjah Biennial: Open invitation to artists leads to focused and evocative show." Review by Louisa Buck. The Art Newspaper, March 25th, 2009.
“The United Arab Emirates' Grand Designs." Sara Raza, Art Asia Pacific issue 62, March/April 2009.
"Paisajes del duelo: en los microcampos de la utopía. Arte y colaboración en las práticas artísticas contemporáneas." Jorge Varela, Revista Abrente, Num. 40/41 (2008/2009).
“Democracy in America: The National Campaign: New York.” Review by Natalie Bell. Art Papers, November/December 2008.
"Armory Show Explores 'Democracy in America.'" Siddhartha Mitter, WNYC, September 24th, 2008.
"Artists against war." Gargi Gupta, Business Standard, New Delhi, August 30th, 2008.
"Sign Language as Politics." Review by Heather Diack. Afterimage Vol. 35, No. 5, Spring 2008.
"Undisclosed Recipients: database documentaries and the Internet." Dale Hudson, Studies in Documentary Film, vol 2 issue 1, pp. 79–98. doi: 10.1386/sdf.2.1.79/1
"Tracing the Index: Impossible Archives." B. Blagojevic, ArtCal Zine, February 2008.
"Bijna allemal Hazara." Herman Rosenberg,, February 27th, 2008.
"The Unsuitable Girls Grow Up." Lavina Melwani, Little India, October 3rd, 2007.
"25 Years Later: Welcome to Art in General." Review by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, August 31st, 2007.
"Corporate Culture." Elisa Niemack, The New York Sun, August 14th, 2007.
"Ansichten des alten und neuen Europas." Dietrich Heißenbüttel, Stuttgarter Zeitung, June 19th, 2007.
"Art in Review: Spectral Evidence." Review by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, February 23rd, 2007.
"Critic’s Picks: Spectral Evidence." Review by Lori Cole,, February 16th, 2007.
"Writing Politics on Your Flesh: An Interview with Mariam Ghani." Tom Leeser & Beth Rosenberg, Viralnet, Issue Viralzerosix. Los Angeles: Center for Integrated Media, CalArts, May 2006.
"Moving Time: A Tribute to Nam June Paik." Review by Harry Perlmutter, Art Asia Pacific Issue 49, Summer 2006.
"Kabul: Reconstructions." Review by Shaheen Rassoul, NYArts Magazine Vol. 11, No. 5/6, May/June 2006.
"The Idea of 'Illegality': Sarai Reader 05: Bare Acts." Nivedita Menon, Economic and Political Weekly, November 26th, 2005.
"Piecing it Together: Storytelling in the Digital Age." David Alm, The Independent, Vol. 28, No. 8. October 2005.
"U.S. Exhibition Depicts Realities of Life for Arab Americans." Ramsay Short, The Daily Star (Beirut), October 13th, 2005.
"Artists Seek to Fill 9/11 Voids." Christine Lagorio,, September 12th, 2005.
"IN/VISIBLE Art Exhibition Inaugurates Arab American National Museum." Maymanah Farhat, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Vol. XXIV, No. 6. August 2005.
"In/Visible: Contemporary Art by Arab-American Artists." Contemporary Art from the Islamic World, Issue 11, July 2005.
"Fast Tracks: Brooklyn, Brooklyn and BROOKLin VIDEO." Review by Lizzy Le Quesne, The Prague Post, July 7th, 2005.
"Transnational Artists: Arab American Artists Remapping the Boundaries of Art." Essay by Salwa Mikdadi in Neighbors in Dialogue, ed. Beral Madra and Aype Orhun Gültekin. Istanbul: Norgunk Yayyncylyk, 2005.
"Detroit Iraq City." Edward Houghton, The Fader Issue 31, May/June 2005. (preview of Points of Proof Detroit edition)
"Revealing the Unseen: Mariam Ghani." David Alm. RES vol. 8, no. 2: Coming Up / New Talent. March/April 2005. (cover/lead article)
"Women & Political Power." BBC Persian radio series produced by Yassaman Ameri, February 2005.
"Contemporary Art in Central Asia." Essay by Leeza Ahmady with work from the Contemporaneity exhibition. Lemar – Aftaab |, July 2004.
"In an Unrecognizable and Unrecognized Central Asia." Marshall Swatt interview with Leeza Ahmady. NYArts Magazine, July/August 2004.
"The Art & Artists of the Year." Roberta Smith, The New York Times, December 28th, 2003.
"Kabul: Reconstructions." Melissa Hibbard, ArteNews Issue 2 (Winter 2003-04)
"Pluralidade em Curtas." Dominique Valansi. Estaçao Virtual, December 2003.
"Cineasta registra a difícil reconstrução do Afeganistão." Cristina Azevedo. O Globo, December 1st, 2003.
"Tamanho não é documento." O Dia, November 27th, 2003.
"Personal Work & Videogames in the Spotlight at 2003 New York Video Festival." Eugene Hernandez,, July 15th, 2003.
"Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction." Review by William Powdha. The Brooklyn Rail, June-July 2003.
"Mariam Ghani's Kabul: Reconstructions." Profile & interview with Yassaman Ameri on This Week In New York. BBC World Service Farsi radio broadcast, May 28, 2003. Text article published on BBC Persian website, June 2003.
"Kunst Gegen Krieg." Markus Wieland, Falter No. 16, April 2003.
"A Space Reborn, With A Show That's Never Finished." Roberta Smith, The New York Times, April 4th, 2003.
"Victory Dance: A New Fashion-Art Collective Turns Out the Season's Must-Have Book." Article by Janet Ozzard., June 24th, 2002.
"Mango." Review by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, June 22nd, 2002.

selected lectures, panels + roundtables

The Creative Time Summit: Stockholm. Presented a talk on 'What we left unfinished' and Afghanistan's national imaginaries as part of the Nationalisms section. November 13th-15th, 2014, Kulturhuset, Stockholm.
Collective (Dis)Engagement. April 5th, 2014. Panel discussion with Mariam Ghani, Sean Jacobs, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Laura Raicovich and Sonja Srdanovic, moderated by Nitin Sawhney. Part of the Vera List Center / Art in General conference What Now? Collaboration and Collectivity.
SPAN. January 18th, 2014. Organized by Randy Martin as part of PS122’s COIL Festival.
Index of the Disappeared. October 10th, 2013, NYU Silver Center. Moderated by Gayatri Gopinath.
In Dialogue: Drop A Pin. Mariam Ghani, Inti Guerrero, James T. Hong, Gimhongsook. September 21st, 2013, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco.
Aesthetics of Engagement. Panel with Carlos Motta, Eva Diaz, & Mariam Ghani, moderated by Ann Messner. April 9th, 2013. Pratt Institute, NYC.
Pixelated Politics. Panel with Mariam Ghani, Lev Manovich, Nick Mirzoeff, Christiane Paul, and McKenzie Wark moderated by Natalie Musteata April 8th, 2013. Graduate Center, CUNY.
Critical Language: A Forum on International Art English. With Alix Rule, David Levine, Alex Provan, Lumi Tan, Mostafa Heddaya, Lauren Cornell, Mariam Ghani. April 6th, 2013. Triple Canopy, NYC.
Memories Can’t Wait. Discussion with Pradeep Dalal as part of the two-day symposium, co-organized by Bard CCS and ICP. December 15th, 2013. International Center of Photography, NYC.
"The dance was very frenetic… and lasted a long time." Panel with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Mariam Ghani, Mike Rakowitz and Joan Jonas. October 20th, 2012. Cooper Union, NYC.
Forms of Democracy: Activism, Art, and Cultural Production. Panel with Jennifer Gonzalez, Ultra-Red, Miguel Lopez, Mariam Ghani, & Nikolay Oleinikov, organized and moderated by Carlos Motta. Part of Truth is Concrete conference at the 2012 steirischer herbst festival. Graz, Austria.
Order and Chaos. With Marcel Moring, Mariam Ghani, and music by Iannis Xenakis. September 12th, 2012. Stedelijk Museum and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.
In Conversation: Mariam Ghani and Leeza Ahmady. July 21st, 2012. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
The Kabul-Bamiyan Seminars: A Conference. Moderated by Chus Martinez and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. June 8th, 2012. Standehaus, Kassel.
Dialogues in Contemporary Asian Art, Take Two. Discussion and notebook launch with Leeza Ahmady. May 8th, 2012. Independent Curators International, New York.
What is Conflict? Talk in documenta's Maybe Education series, April 25th, 2012.
Living as Form: Spectacle and Participation. Talk by Claire Bishop, moderated by Mariam Ghani, to inaugurate Creative Time’s Living as Form project. May 26th, 2011. Cooper Union, NYC.
Engaging Afghanistan. Conference organized by Michael Kennedy & Shiva Balaghi. May 5th-7th, 2011. Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University.
Archiving the Ephemeral. Panel organized by Hollis Mickey & Rebecca Schneider, with Index of the Disappeared, Corin Hewitt and Patricia Phillips. April 7th, 2011, Brown University.
Frames of Violence. Symposium, April 15th-18th, 2010. University of Minnesota.
Landscape Studies. Performance and talk with Mariam Ghani and Erin Ellen Kelly, moderated by New Museum Curatorial Associate Amy Mackie. February 7th, 2010. Momenta Art, NYC.
The Politics of Space in a Constructed Identity: The Sharjah Biennial in Context. Panel discussion with Sheela Gowda, Nikolaj Larsen, Maider Lopez, Erin Kelly & Mariam Ghani, and biennial curator Isabel Carlos, moderated by Nadia Mounajjed and Mona El-Mousfy of the American University of Sharjah. March 20th, 2009. Dar Al Nadwa, Sharjah, UAE.
Surveillance, Power and Control: Who’s zooming who? Panel discussion with Naeem Mohaiemen and Julia Townsend, moderated by Sara Raza. March 16th, 2009. BAF Art School, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai, UAE.
Index of the Disappeared. Talk with Chitra Ganesh in the Calico Lecture series at Hampshire College, MA. February 25th, 2009.
(Un)Patriot Acts: Arts, Activism and The Politics of Artmaking After 9/11. Panel discussion with Karen Finley, Steve Kurtz, Rebecca Schneider, & Index of the Disappeared (Chitra Ganesh + Mariam Ghani), moderated by Karen Shimawaka. September 16th, 2008. Center for Art + Public Policy and Center for the Study of Gender + Sexuality, NYU, NYC.
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Mariam Ghani. June 26th, 2008. The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
Four Perspectives from SAWCC Artists. Artist talk with Samira Abbassy, Mareena Daredia, Sara Rahbar, and Sa’dia Rehman, moderated by Mariam Ghani. June 7th, 2008. Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.
Law and Visual Resistance. Index of the Disappeared talk for South Asian Bar Association dinner series, moderated by Fordham law professor Sonya Katyal. May 7th, 2008.
Affective Circuits: Technology, Sex, Politics. April 9th, 2008. Mini-workshop with Susanna Passonen, Mary Flanagan + Mariam Ghani, organized by Maria Fernandez at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
New Media Lecture Series: Mariam Ghani - Kabul: Reconstructions. Lecture in visiting artist series. October 3rd, 2007. Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, NY.
Girls of the Third Situ8ionist International Summit (G3SIS). Closed-door roundtable discussion transmitted as podcast to Berlin’s Super Bien! gallery as part of the 2007 Conflux festival. The participants in this alternative G8 summit/situationist tribute were Mariam Ghani, Julie Atlas Muz, Jana Leo, Radhika Subramanian, Kate Werble, Tianna Kennedy, Anat Egbi and Xaviera Simmons. September 16th, 2007. NGC Gallery, NYC.
The Sun Has Gone Under: Lebanese-American Artists on Art. Panel with John Jurayj and Sumaya Samaha, moderated by Doug Sheer & Shiva Balaghi. February 2nd, 2007. Artist Talk on Art lecture series, School of Visual Arts, NYC.
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Mariam Ghani. Center for Integrated Media, California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, CA.
IN/VISIBLE and the Inauguration of the Arab American National Museum. Roundtable with Salwa Mikdadi, Joe Namy & Sumaya Samaha, moderated by Shiva Balaghi. September 19th, 2005. Kevorkian Center for Middle East Studies, NYU, NYC.
Cities, Art & Recovery: The Art of Aftermath. After Effects artist talk with Chitra Ganesh, Pia Lindman, Conor McGrady, & Amie Siegel. Moderated by Erin Donelly of LMCC. Sunday, September 11th, 2005. Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC.
Sites in Translation. Discussion organized and moderated as guest co-moderator for month of September, with Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Angel Nevarez, Lana Lin and Lan Thao Lam. -empyre- new media discussion list.
"Representation and Reception." Panel discussion with Ayreen Anastas and Abdelali Dahrouch, moderated by Sarah Rogers. New Forms and Meanings: A Symposium on Contemporary Arab-American Art. May 19th - 21st, 2005. Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI.
Paul Chan & Mariam Ghani: Art, War & Activism. Roundtable moderated by Shiva Balaghi. March 4th, 2005. Kevorkian Center for Middle East Studies & Center for Media, Culture & History, NYU, NYC.
"Creative Alliances for Effective Activism." Workshop/panel led with Chitra Ganesh. And So Forth: A Post-Inaugural Assembly, organized by the Amnesty International Firefly Project. January 23rd, 2005. Office Ops, NYC.
Arab-American Artists & the Legacy of Edward Said. Roundtable moderated by Shiva Balaghi. September 25th, 2004. Kevorkian Center for Middle East Studies, NYU, NYC.
ACCESS ZONE 0.3. Artist in the Marketplace artist talk & panel. September 7th, 2003. Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC.
[BLANK]: In Pursuit of an American History. Panel discussion with Stephanie Dinkins (moderator), Jefferson Pinder, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Tracey Walters, Scott Neumann, and Christian Rogers. February 11th, 2003. Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY.


Fall 14-Spring 15:   Teaching one-month graduate seminars and conducting intensive critiques for MFA students at Washington University in St. Louis as the resident Freund Fellow.
Spring 14:   Teaching a master class on research as practice at the Beirut Art Center, and a master class on translation as/and/in art in ProArte’s post-grad program in St. Petersburg, Russia, culminating in a group exhibition as part of the 2014 Manifesta parallel program.
Fall 13:   Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, NYC. Teaching course on research-based practices for MFA Fine Arts students.
Fall 12-Spring 14:   Visiting Scholar, Asian Pacific American Institute, New York University, NYC.
Spring/Fall 2011:    Designed, raised funds for and teaching a series of intensive 1-month workshops for college-level fine arts students at the Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan in Kabul.
Spring 09-Fall 10:   Adjunct Instructor, Cooper Union. Taught Video I course.
Spring 2010:          Adjunct Instructor, Parsons the New School for Design. Taught required Theory, Practice and Career course for senior BFA students.
Spring 09/Fall 10:   Adjunct Instructor, Art & Public Policy, New York University, NYC. Designed & taught new seminar on artists and public dialogue for Arts Politics M.A. students, which included a collaboration with the New Museum and artist Jeremy Deller, enabling students to work on his new project "It is What it Is: Conversations About the War in Iraq."
Fall 05 - Spring 09:     Adjunct Lecturer, Art + Technology program, Stevens Institute of Technology. Developed curriculum for and taught video studio sequence, net art studio, advanced digital imaging studio, and media theory survey courses (2005-08); supervised senior tutorials (self-directed research on topics in art and technology), thesis projects, and thesis papers (2008-09).
Spring 2008:       Visiting Lecturer, MFA Public Practices, Otis College of Art + Design. Taught one-week workshop on new genre public practices for MFA students with studio visits / individual crits.
Spring 2004/5    Visiting Artist/MFA Thesis Adviser, MFA Computer Arts Department, School of Visual Arts, New York.
Winter 2004      Teaching Artist, Girls-Eye-View, Eyebeam Atelier. Designed and taught six-week class in the Girls-Eye-View after-school program for sixth-graders from School of the Future.
Guest lectures / crits: Hunter College, the Pratt Institute, Columbia University, The College of New Jersey, Parsons/The New School, Massachusetts College of Art, CalArts, Cooper Union, Hampshire College, AiB@Lesley, Bard CCS, Vermont College of Fine Arts, CCA, UC Berkeley, Michigan State, Syracuse University.

curatorial projects

Fall 2014: Utopian Pulse: Flares in the Darkroom. One of 7 artist-curators invited to produce a billboard for the façade, organize a week-long exhibition, and contribute to a publication as part of the project Utopian Pulse at Secession in Vienna. Will travel to the WKV Stuttgart in May 2015.

Spring 2014: Radical Archives. A two-day international conference at NYU with performances, panels and screenings, exploring archiving as a radical practice. Organized with Chitra Ganesh, hosted by the A/P/A Institute, and co-presented by Archives & Public History, the Moving Image Archives Program, the Hemispheric Institute, the Humanities Initiative and the Asia Art Archive. Online catalogue, with a reader also planned.

Fall 2013-spring 2014: Mini-version of History of Histories series touring to venues including the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco, as part of Asian Contemporary Art Week, and the College of New Jersey.

Spring 2013: History of Histories / The Red Tapes, 1977-79. Screening series at the Guggenheim Museum NYC, co-organized with Leeza Ahmady, and a symposium at NYU’s Asian Pacific American Institute, both in conjunction with the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, curated by June Yap. The screening series included a selection of historical films from the Afghan Films archive along with more recent shorts and a feature by Barmak Akram. The Red Tapes symposium included screening and discussion of films that mine archives to examine histories of the radical left in Central and South Asia.

Fall 2009: Conversation Pieces. Exhibition, public program series, and public projects co-organized with Sean Donaher for CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY, bringing together emerging artists who who stage, subvert, provoke, intervene in or document public dialogues. With Carlos Motta, Oliver Ressler, Sharon Hayes, Lex Bhagat, Stephanie Rothenberg, Nina Leo & Stefani Bardin, the GuerrillaGirlsBroadBand, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, and InCUBATE, Material Exchange & Adam Bobbette. Includes a 5-part screening series, a performance series, two poster projects for public bus shelters, three co-sponsored lectures, and a 156-page exhibition reader.

Spring 2008: Tracing the Index: 4 Discussions, 4 Venues. Series of public programs organized with Chitra Ganesh and co-presented by the Vera List Center for Art + Politics at the New School, NYU’s Kevorkian Institute for Near Eastern Studies, Center for Media, Culture and History, and Center for Media and Religion, Art in General, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts (in conjunction with the exhibition Making It Together: Women’s Collaborative Art and Community) on themes related to our collaborative project Index of the Disappeared, all of which will be recorded, added to the Index archive, and eventually transcribed to become part of an Index publication. Included 16-page program notes.

September – November 2007: Index of the Disappeared: Public Program Series 07. Series of public programs organized with Chitra Ganesh in conjunction with the presentation of the Index archive at UBS for the 25 Years Later show. Programs will include a library orientation and storytelling session, a screening, and a panel discussion on the theme of archiving unspeakable or censored materials.

January – May 2007: Focus on Lebanon, a series of public programs co-presented by the Kevorkian Center for Middle East Studies at NYU and arts organizations across the city. Co-organized with artists John Jurayj, Sumaya Samaha, and Walid Raad, writers Elias Khoury and Jacque Moorad, filmmaker Tom McCarthy, and curators Rasha Salti and Shiva Balaghi.

Spring 2006: Detained, an exhibition and public program series at the Asian American Art Center exploring the communal convergences and conversions and the political and spiritual issues raised across the ethnic boundary lines of Arab and Asian by the story of Captain James Yee, the Asian-American U.S. Army chaplain at Guantanamo Bay who converted to Islam, married a Muslim Arab, and was then detained himself for two years under suspicion of treason. Co-organized with artists Tina LaPorta, Trong Nguyen, and Tomie Arai, Rabab Abdulhadi of the Arab American Studies Center at the University of Michigan, and Bob Lee of the Asian American Art Center.

October 19th - 20th, 2000 at Exit Art: Coded Bodies, a two-day video and performance event featuring work by South Asian women that explored the coded meanings of the body through works examining traditional and non-traditional dress, private and public rituals, and body adornments and movements. Co-organized with Chitra Ganesh and Swati Khurana and co-presented by the South Asian Women's Creative Collective. With program notes.


Repeat Fugitive (1 channel, 9:00)
Looped (2 channels, 14:00)
Shahrazade Divided (1 channel, 50:00)
Blind Crossing/Crossing Blind (2 channels, 3:10)
Universal Games (1 channel installation, 2:20)
My Name on Your Lips (sounds so foreign) (2 channel installation, 3:30)
For Your Safety: Reasons to Stay Inside (1 channel, 12:00)
The Last Home Movie (2 channel installation, 3:00)
Armenia Dreams Gasoline (2 channels, 14:00)
Beirut Nocturne (1 channel, 3:50)
Permanent Transit (1 channel surround sound installation, 24:00)
Friendly Fire (1 channel installation, 3:10)
Kabul: Reconstructions (3 channel installation, 6:24)
Miraculous Dissolves (Performance in the Age of Martha Stewart Living) (1 channel installation, 5:00)
The Glass House Home Movies (4-in-1 channel video installation with 5-channel interactive audio, 15:00)
TRACEXCHANGEXCAVATE (1 channel surround sound installation, 19:40,
collaboration with Emily Tepper & Michael Floyd)
How Do You See the Disappeared? (1 channel, 9:28)
Kabul: Constitutions (3-channel interactive installation, 2:30:00)
Points of Proof: Detroit (1 channel installation, 34:00)
The Studio Visit (1 channel, 5:48)
Fugitive Refrains (1 channel HD surround sound installation, 25:00, collaboration with Erin Ellen Kelly)
Kabul 2, 3, 4 (3 channel installation, 13:00)
Three Surrenders (1 channel, 6:33, collaboration with EEK)
Smile, you're in Sharjah (1 channel HD surround sound installation, 24:40, collaboration with EEK, commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial 9)
Variations (on a Haunted Wood) (2 channel video, 4 channel audio projection for performance, 10:00, collaboration with EEK)
Points of Proof: Buffalo (1 channel HD installation, 26:05)
Going, Going, Gone (1 channel HD, 4:26, commissioned for public projections in Berlin)
Landscape Studies: New Mexico (Strangers in a Stranger Land) (installation version RT 22:00 with 1 channel HD video, quadrophonic audio; performance version RT 27:00 with 1 channel HD video, recorded audio, live performance, and live narration; collaboration with EEK)
The Trespassers (1 channel HD video, 4 channel audio installation, 1:45:00, commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial 10)
A Brief History of Collapses (2 channel HD video, 7.1 channel audio, 22:10, commissioned by dOCUMENTA 13)
To Live (1 channel HD video, 40:00, collaboration with EEK)
Like Water from a Stone (1 channel HD video, 20:10, collaboration with EEK, commissioned by the Rogaland Kunstsenter)

*Note that most multi-channel video installations also exist in single-channel or linear versions for screening. All are color and have stereo sound on each video channel unless otherwise specified. Fugitive Refrains, Landscape Studies: New Mexico, and A Brief History of Collapses all have spatialized surround scores by Qasim Naqvi. Like Water from a Stone has a stereo choral score by Qasim Naqvi. Smile, you're in Sharjah has a spatialized surround score by zemi17/Aaron Taylor Kuffner.

web projects

In collaboration with programmer Ed Potter and the AINA Afghan Media Center in Kabul:
Active March 2003 – March 2005, relaunching in an expanded version in winter 2008

In collaboration with composer Qasim Naqvi, poet Zohra Saed, & programmer Ed Potter:
Permanent Transit: net.remix
Project commissioned by PS122 for the August 2004 issue of

In collaboration with programmers Rob Durbin & Ed Potter and visual artist Chitra Ganesh:
How Do You See the Disappeared? A Warm Database
A 2004 commission by, funded by the Jerome Foundation and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Points of Proof
A 2006 Longwood Digital Matrix commission, based on an offline project commissioned by the Arab American National Museum for their inaugural exhibition in spring 2005

Project curated by Anais Lellouche and commissioned by Bard CCS for the 11/7/08 edition of

In collaboration with Chitra Ganesh, as Index of the Disappeared:
The Guantanamo Effect
Project commissioned by Creative Time Reports and co-presented by Alternet, April 2013

professional affiliations

Member, College Art Association; served on CAA Diversity Practices Committee, 2004 through 2007
Advisory Board, CEC ArtsLink (January 2012-present)
Advisory Council, Creative Time Reports
Member, South Asian Women's Creative Collective
Member, Rhizome
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

technical skills

Software - fluent: Final Cut Studio 2, DVD StudioPro, Adobe CS5 full suite (including book design with InDesign and Acrobat Pro), Aperture, Audacity, MPEG Streamclip, ffmpegX, VLC, QuickTime Pro, Keynote, Office, LibreOffice, Toast, FilemakerPro, various (S)FTP helpers and markup editors, various open source tools e.g. Perian, SpeedTrans
Software - familiar: Processing, Sketchup, Max/MSP/Jitter, ProTools, Avid systems, VirtualBox
Programming and scripting: (X)HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, MySQL, AppleScript, WordPress, Bootstrap, JQuery
Physical computing: Basic Stamp/Board of Education, MacBS2, PBasic, soldering, circuits, sensors, serial control.
Misc: surround sound mixing, subtitle wrapping, disk doctoring, online compression standards, file prep for vinyl, laser cutting & etching
Hardware: Macs & PCs; iOS; DV and HDV video cameras (Sony, Canon, Panasonic, JVC; 30, 25, and 24 fps); SLR and (H)DSLR cameras (mostly Canon); photo and cine lenses; tape and card-based systems; minidisc, DAT and Zoom audio recorders; surround sound systems; Epson inkjet printers, large and small-scale; various mixers, amps, decks, drives, projectors, and scanners
Copy editing & proofreading experience including catalogue editing, fact checking (Village Voice 1999-2000), and work in the public policy sector (Overseas Development Institute, 2005-06, and Institute for State Effectiveness, 2007-08).
Grants writing, budgeting & prospect research experience including Foundation Center certificate course in proposal writing, 8 years of staff and freelance grants writing for non-profit art centers.
Languages: Fluent in Italian and French; working knowledge of German; some Spanish, Arabic and Dari.