Mariam Ghani

Artist, Writer, and Filmmaker
New York
Queens College, CUNY, and Cooper Union

Mariam Ghani is an artist, writer, and filmmaker.

Her work looks at places and moments where social, political, and cultural structures take on visible forms.

Solo exhibitions include

  • the Queens Museum of Art,
  • the Saint Louis Art Museum,
  • the Indianapolis Museum of Art,
  • Gallery 320 in New Delhi, and
  • the Gatchina Museum in St. Petersburg

Notable group exhibitions and screenings include

  • dOCUMENTA 13,
  • the Rotterdam Film Festival,
  • the Liverpool Biennial,
  • the Sharjah Biennial,
  • the Dhaka Art Summit,
  • the National Gallery in DC,
  • the Secession in Vienna,
  • the CCCB in Barcelona
  • the Met Breuer in New York
  • the MoMA
  • the Guggenheim New York


Recent texts have been published in Creative Time Reports, Foreign Policy, Ibraaz, Triple Canopy, Manifesta Journal, and the readers Dissonant Archives and The Gulf: High Culture, Hard Labor.

Ghani has collaborated with artist Chitra Ganesh since 2004 as Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of post-9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions and redactions; with choreographer Erin Kelly since 2006 on the video series Performed Places; and with media archive collective since 2012 on the digitization and dissemination of the Afghan Films archive.

Ghani holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and has received a number of awards, grants and fellowships, most recently from Creative Capital. She teaches at Queens College, CUNY, and Cooper Union.